International Car Forest of the Last Church - Goldfield, Nevada
The dream project of two Nevada artists, the International Car Forest of the Last Church looks more akin to a druidic henge of junkers than any Christian chapel.
The product of artists Chad Sorg and Mark Rippie, the Car Forest began when Sorg saw just a seed of the project. As he was driving through Goldfield, Nevada, Sorg saw a car standing on its nose in the sand. Intrigued, the artist found that it was the work of Rippie and by 2011, Sorg had moved to the city to help Rippie expand their “forest.”
Today, over 40 automobiles including cars, trucks, and vans have been balanced delicately on their ends or stacked on top one of another, looking like a group of toys some giant simple left lying around. Each of the junked cars has also been uniquely painted with designs varying from skulls to caricatures of politicians.
The Madonna Inn - San Luis Obispo, California
Built in 1958 by Alex and Phyllis Madonna, the Madonna Inn is a Swiss Alp-inspired hotel/restaurant in seeming celebration of all that is garish and tacky in human taste. Writer Umberto Eco described the decor as “Albert Speer, while leafing through a book on Gaudi, swallowed an overgenerous dose of LSD and began to build a nuptial catacomb for Liza Minelli.”
The Madonna Inn consists of 109 rooms, all with different names and themes: Floral Fantasy, Jungle Rock, Sir Walter Raleigh, Whispering Hills, etc. All colors of the rainbow are employed, but pink is most notably favored in the Gold Rush Steakhouse, Copper Cafe, and Silver Bar which make up the lower level of the hotel and are further decorated with floral carpet and swirling golden trees. Even the sugar on the diner tables is pink.
Male tourists should make a point of visiting the waterfall urinal in the lobby restroom.