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Noah's Art

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

While we were on the road someone on Instagram mentioned that if we were going to go to Joshua Tree, California that we should check out Noah's Art. We just so happened to be around an hour away, it was in the direction we were already heading, and the few photos I was able to quickly find looked amazing so we decided to stop by.
From 1989 until his death in 2004, Noah Purifoy devoted his time to making sculptures from found objects. His outdoor museum is open to the public, free of charge. It's absolutely amazing. Quite a sight to see in the middle of the lonely desert! We were the only people there at the time, other than the woman who takes care of the place and her pup who went inside right after we got there, so we had the place to ourselves. It kind of reminded me of the Fish Art Gallery on Tybee Island that I visited earlier this year. (Blogged about here, although I now see that there aren't very many photos of the actually gallery!) While the Fish Art Gallery was much smaller, and the pieces were probably just for fun, the majority of Noah's art had a not so hidden political meaning behind it.

It was SO hot while we were there that I feel like I kind of rushed through it. There is so much to take in. Definitely worth a stop if you're ever making your way through Joshua Tree!
xoxo

All of the photos above were taken with a pentax k1000 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.

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  1. This place looks really cool! Bet you're glad you were told about it!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
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  2. That is such a cool looking place! I love the picture of the TV where you can see your reflection!

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    1. I agree! That one is my favorite, too.

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    2. Thanks!! That was one of my favorites too!

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  3. Wow, this place looks super cool. I can't imagine all the time and effort that went into creating these sculptures.

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    1. Over 23 years worth of work! So crazy! He actually lived in a trailer in the middle of the sculptures.

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  4. I love that you went after I mentioned it to you on IG. Joshua Tree has so many hidden treasures of art!!! It's a artist community here.

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    1. Thank you SO SO SO much for telling us about it!!
      :)

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  5. You would like Budapest's ruin bars. Look them up.

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  6. This place looks absolutely phenomenal. How lucky for you that someone recommended it before you had already passed it!

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  7. Woah! How funky! Sounds cool, but honestly I can't tell what the political meaning is supposed to be.

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    1. The one that I thought was really political was actually a drinking fountain and a toilet. Above the fountain it said "whites" and above the toilet it said "blacks". My photos of it didn't turn out very well or I would have posted it. But anyway, a lot of his sculptures were about race, none quite as obvious as the one I mentioned though.

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  8. Wow, amazing story. So great that an oddball created this out in the middle of the desert. I love the feel of these, the colors are fantastic.

    <3 Taylor
    www.agirlonrope.com

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  9. what a cool place! there's some really neat looking sculptures.

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  10. Whoa this place looks amazing. I love when you luck into having a place like this all to yourself - it makes taking photos much more fun/easy. Those mannequin legs are the best.

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    1. I know!! Being able to explore somewhere alone can real make a situation. If this was super crowded I would have probably just been "meh" about it.

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  11. This is awesome! If you're ever in Houston, TX, check out the Orange Show. I think you'd like it :)

    http://orangeshow.org/

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  12. Ahhhh yes <3
    if you ever come out here again, in slab city there's a place just like this called east jesus, and it's still growing. I went back about half a year after my first visit and there were tons of new sculptures :) plus, its right next to salvation mountain, so you could possibly get lost in all of it for hours.. if you can take the heat D:
    also the integratron, and hicksville (don't remember if I've mentioned it in one of your other posts, but its my favorite place)!!! AGH i am soooo in love with the whole region, wish i had known you were coming out here so i could've recommended all of these things

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  13. What a great place to take photos and Noah Purifoy sure spent his time doing something clearly worth to be seen by many!

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