Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Things to Do in Austin: Cathedral of Junk.

Despite all the sightseeing we do in our own city, it seems that there is always somewhere left I want to explore and show to Ava. The Cathedral of Junk was one such place that we'd yet to go but that I had always wanted to, so off we went one drizzly afternoon last week while in the area.

The Cathedral of Junk is described as "the ongoing art installation of Austin, Texas resident Vince Hanneman (aka the Junk King), who sine 1989 has been collecting thousands of discarded objects and turning them into a giant cathedral of junk." 

Though initially just Hanneman's artistic whim, it has become a major tourist attraction in South Austin, located just South of 290 and South 1st Street, in the St. Elmo neighborhood, drawing Austinites and out-of-towners alike to the mass sculpture creation.

We unfortunately were unclear on the details of how it worked, so we showed up on a day when Hanneman was not home to let us take an up close and personal peek, and had to view it from outside the gate instead. On days when Hanneman is at home (you can call ahead at 512-299-7413), you can tour the inside and the backyard in detail - something we'll be back to do ASAP!

In the meantime, check out the Cathedral of Junk as viewed from the street and gate:

The Cathedral of Junk is located at 4422 Lareina Street, Austin 78745. 

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