There was this guy who lived in Washington State who wanted to do something funky for his Master of Fine Arts thesis so he built a castle out of junk in his yard.
He used all salvaged materials from a local junkyard and a nearby defunct rock quarry. This happened back in 1970 so it was probably quite a sensation at the time. The guy’s name was Victor Moore and he went on to teach high school art and to inspire hundreds of students to do more with less, so to speak.
In fact, these wonderful photographs were taken by one of Moore’s former students.
The “Junk Castle” is located outside of Pullman, Washington.
The castle is the main draw, but there are other sculptures and structures scattered throughout the property.
The Junk Castle is constructed from a whole bevy of reclaimed rubbish including: washing machines, bed frames, and a 1952 Oldsmobile.
The Junk Castle has been featured in several books including Strange Sites by Jim Christy, Fantasy Worlds by John Maizels, and Fantastic Architecture published by Abrams, Inc.
I could not determine whether the artist actually lived here during his time in Pullman, but I did read that the castle and outbuildings are now privately owned by someone else.
So luckily, the Junk Castle and it’s outbuildings are being lovingly preserved, rather than condemned.
Because sometimes there is a fine line between being an artist and being a hoarder.