Saturday, January 17, 2015

A FOLK ART TREASURE: GRANDMA PRISBREY'S BOTTLE VILLAGE

TRESSA LUELLA SHAFFER AKA GRANDMA PRISBREY
AT HER BOTTLE VILLAGE IN SIMI VALLEY,  CA,1973

This week's arts and culture colulmn is called A Folk Art Treasure: Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village.

Here's an excerpt:

"At the age of 60, Grandma Prisbrey, as she was known by this time, exploded.

During the next five years, in a borderline berserk burst of energy, she erected structure after structure.

Grandma began to visit the nearby dump daily. She built wishing wells, a Shell House, an Agitator Garden (using old washing machine parts), a Cabana/Card House (Grandma loved to gamble), and a Shrine to All Religious. She constructed a Doll Head Planter and a Parade of Dolls Doll House. She erected a Rumpus Room for her grandchildren, a Meditation Room, chapels, huts, flower stands and a Headlight Planter.

She connected them all with cement walkways in which she embedded bullets, combs, hood ornaments from cars, broken pieces of tile, keys, razors and baby pacifiers."

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the photos; they give a real flavor of the place, and it's magical. Oh, that blue bottle chair! (if that's what it is).

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