Sunday, July 18, 2010

Victor Moore's "Junk Castle"

Victor and Bobbie Moore once lived in a house constructed from the old floor joists of a grain warehouse on the site of a played out rock quarry.   The current owner of the property graciously gave me the opportunity to photograph the Junk Castle and other outbuildings built by Vic's family and friends.  The "Junk Castle" was his 1970 MFA thesis assemblage sculpture.   Although found pieces and assemblages of various sorts are pleasantly scattered about the property, the hulking mass of the junk castle stands vigil above the rest.

The Junk Castle is constructed from so many different items, including sheet metal, tin, washing machine parts, dryer doors, miscellaneous housings, bedsteads, and even the door from a 1952 Oldsmobile.  The castle is featured in several books including "Strange Sites" by Jim Christy, "Fantasy Worlds" by John Maizels, and "Fantastic Architecture" published by Abrams, Inc.

Vic Moore taught art in the Pullman, Washington public schools and mentored thousands of students, including myself.

Victor Moore just published a book he wrote and illustrated titled "Stories From The Methow".  It's about his memories of growing up in central Washington State in the 1930's.  The book's cover was designed by artist Ann Marra, a former classmate of mine, and student of  Victor Moore.  Ann also help a great deal in getting the book published.  I just finished reading my copy...it's historical, entertaining, and has many bits of Vic's sense of humor scattered throughout the book.  If you would like to order a copy, click on the following link: Victor Moore's Book




Make sure you click on the photos for larger views of the inside and outside of this magnificent castle!

11 comments:

Diana Moses Botkin said...

This looks amazing.... makes me want to wander through it all and wonder at how Mr. Moore managed to put this all together.

David Patterson said...

Vic is an amazing man Diana...his best creations were the imprints he left on so many students souls!

Levonne said...

Incredible subject matter! I love what you have done with the photos. Great work! My favorite picture is the first one with clouds and sky and trees.

Doug said...

Way cool. Where is this?

David Patterson said...

Thanks Doug! It's just outside of Pullman, Washington

Robb Ecker said...

Thank you so much for posting these pictures. The Moores were good friends of my parents and the castle forms is an important part of the bedrock of childhood magic that I still try to call upon. I clearly remember those rooms draped with the wondrous beings known as art students on clear Palouse autumn days. My dad found an old peddle airplane in that junk pile that he restored for us kids. I think he may have traded artwork for it.

David Patterson said...

You're very welcome Robb! Vic and Bobbie are good friends with most of my family. I had Vic for an instructor for many years in the Pullman School District. We have been keeping in touch lately...that's been a real joy!

Jen said...

Really love your photography here and of the barns. Excellent. I'm a photographer from way back so know what I'm talking about. You have a great eye for composition and color.

David Patterson said...

Thank you Jennifer!

Anonymous said...

How do you get there?

David Patterson said...

Take a right on Armstrong road, heading to Spokane from Pullman. It's about 3 miles out of Pullman. Sorry for the late reply!