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Over the years Slab seasonal residents were joined by people living year-round. Some of the new permanent were people with few options: the addicted, the disabled, the with three or more against them. Others valued being left to do as they pleased. An unlikely grew among the Slab settlers, with a community of sorts, a library, an open-air — The Range — stage and tattered seating, a but thriving religious community.

Russell, a talented artist and one of guys who masked a mostly nature with a humorously exterior. found a spot north of The Range, named it Jesus in a nod to its remote location on the way to and moved in. When he got there in his place was a depressing rust-strewn of creosote, tamarisk, and broken By the time Russell died May of an unexpected heart attack in his it was a work of art.

In Russell’s own words,

Wedged the Chocolate Mountain Gunnery and the Salton Sea in southern California’s Imperial Valley, East is an experimental, comprehensive habitat and comprising vernacular architecture, common-sense environmentalism, desert and sculpture/assemblage using predominantly re-purposed or discarded materials, the unwanted and ugly into the beautiful. The main structure is around a 27′ fiberglass container, extended by walls of junk (lockers, computers, microwave ovens, bookshelves, chests, shipping crates, TVs and electronics) and recycled, re-used and steel. A contiguous shade connects the main container to a 24′ trailer (found and stripped) through a row of desert trees, which themselves as structural elements. Begun of 2007, the main habitat to grow and evolve. Adjoining the is a sculpture garden whose are made exclusively of junk the immediate area, also and evolving. The large, open area has become home to a variety of wildlife — rabbits, quail, hummingbirds, and other avian species East Jesus home.

Though Russell was the guiding (and sole full-time of East Jesus, the grounds are home to installations by a surprisingly roster of talent, from Joe Holliday’s woolly mammoth mainly of discarded truck (which formerly held at Downtown LA’s TOW ) to Flip TV Wall, to Cosmos, a stunning, orrery-cum-wind-turbine by Royce Carlson .

Russell was an associate of Northern art car maven Harrod Blank, and art are well represented at East as well, the pinnacle of the form an early 1970s-era Volkswagen redone as a meticulous religious

The whole place is a testament to beauty in the cast-off, whether in like low fences made of tires; or prominent features the slightly swaying, three-story tower of reclaimed timber. But as the land East Jesus is itself more or less the project’s future is in doubt. didn’t legally own the land, and his had to scramble after his death to sure someone was on the site at all so that no one made off with the solar panels and battery or any of the other tools and materials As Danii Pepper Curry, a Los artist now working as general of East Jesus, put it on her blog,

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It’s the middle of summer and people that knew are waiting until fall to but the way it’s shaping up the project not make it until fall, in we might not make it another two The situation is absolutely dire. is not an exaggeration. We need more night watchmen, we need to the folks out there that to expand on Charlie’s vision and it work. If this doesn’t we’re faced with an important project and our faith we can collectively make it happen. In a where citizens’ rights are and systematically being marginalized and beneath the priorities of the government, are desperate to see an example of a place can exist outside of these boundaries.

Curry and her colleagues hope the art will give East a hand. whether with contributions or in kind, from wish list of supplies.

collaborative artistic vision to be preserved and continued. It’s a that he was only afforded years to work on East Given a span like Simon Rodia spent on his Charlie Russell might done work to delight the a ramshackle Gaudi of the Low Desert. As it is, his continues to inspire and charge artists to do the same.

Chris is an environmental writer of two decades Author of Walking With he writes regularly at his acclaimed Coyote Crossing and comments on issues here every He lives in Palm Springs.

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