Victor and Bobbie Moore once lived in a house constructed from the old floor joists of a grain warehouse on the site of a played out rock quarry. The current owner of the property graciously gave me the opportunity to photograph the Junk Castle and other outbuildings built by Vic's family and friends. The "Junk Castle" was his 1970 MFA thesis assemblage sculpture. Although found pieces and assemblages of various sorts are pleasantly scattered about the property, the hulking mass of the junk castle stands vigil above the rest. The Junk Castle is constructed from so many different items, including sheet metal, tin, washing machine parts, dryer doors, miscellaneous housings, bedsteads, and even the door from a 1952 Oldsmobile. The castle is featured in several books including "Strange Sites" by Jim Christy, "Fantasy Worlds" by John Maizels, and "Fantastic Architecture" published by Abrams, Inc. Vic Moore taught art in the Pullman, Washington public schools and mentored thousands of students, including myself.
December 21st, 2011
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