Cathedral of Junk
Have you heard about the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas?
Here’s the “cathedral” creator, Vince Hannemann, “Junk King”! Look closely and you can see bits of the organized, chaotic collection behind him.
According to www.roadsideamerica.com,“the Cathedral of Junk is a hollow framework of improvised trusses, around and within which Vince has wired and packed all manner of mass-production cast-offs: lawnmower wheels, car bumpers, kitchen utensils, ladders, cables, bottles, circuit boards, bicycle parts, brick-a-brack, and a lot of stuff that is frankly unidentifiable”.
Once the “Cathedral of Junk” was on our radar, we knew we had to add it to our “bucket list! Following our NASMM Conference in Austin, we added a couple of days to our trip and wanted to check out the rest of the city. The “cathedral” was definitely on our list!
At Downsizing Diva, we thought we had seen it all. But this was incredible! One thing we noted…even with all that junk, there was organization to the structure. Vince seemed to have found a place for everything and displayed “like” items with “like” – truly a “cathedral” of organized chaos!
One of the most interesting things about the Cathedral of Junk is that it is located in the middle of a suburb, with homes and neighbours surrounding it. Do all of Vince’s neighbours share his enthusiasm for the cathedral? Apparently not!
If you are planning to visit to Austin and see the Cathedral of Junk, you might want to call ahead and find out if it is still standing. While we were there, there were rumblings and, even though Austin’s motto is, “Keep it Weird”, the cathedral may have been too weird even for Austin.