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The Cathedral of Junk

This is a fascinating and touching glimpse into the ongoing art installation of Austin, Texas resident Vince Hannemann (aka the Junk King) who since 1989 has been collecting thousands of discarded objects and turning them into a giant cathedral of junk. In 2010 the city closed the structure claiming it was unsafe and demanded Hannemann obtain proper building permits for his “auxiliary structure”. He was then forced to remove nearly 60 tons of materials before finally obtaining the approval from an engineer. Over seven months hundreds of volunteers stopped by to lend a hand and the cathedral has begun expanding once again.

“Playing is like praying.”

want to see this.


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    want to see this.
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    Climbing into that tower using pool ladders, random footholds and a knotted rope was one of the most nerve wracking...
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  9. fuckinchillin said: I’ve been living in Austin for five years and have yet to make it out to the Cathedral of Junk. I will be going this weekend. I hope Vince is home.
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    this guy is kind of a dick, but the video is beautiful.
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