Cathedral of Junk
Cathedral of Junk
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Dean Hardy
3 contributions
Jun 2021
This is the most helpful review: CALL FIRST. You'll likely get a voicemail. Call until he picks up. It's on PRIVATE property, so he won't let you in his back yard unless he just happens to feel like it that day... We never got through. Very disappointing.
Written June 16, 2021
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biby3
North Aurora, IL7 contributions
May 2020 • Family
We called Tim last minute to see if we could visit. He said-absolutely. His junk collection is the most amazing, interesting, crazy thing I’ve ever seen! It’s a sturdy tower of stuff that you walk through. It stairs too. It’s one of those things you just have to go see. My kids,10&14, cannot wait to go back
Written May 23, 2020
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Tritia L
Lakeway, TX2 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Unbelievable... in the worst way. My friend made a reservation, I guess that is what he called it. She actually just called to see what we needed to do. He was not rude at that time, but definitely not friendly. He asked us to park on St. Elmo and not in his neighborhood. When we arrived, we realized St. Elmo is a busy street and has only bike lanes. Couldn't figure out where to park and didn't feel safe parking on street with 10 small kids. We found an area on a street , not in front of a house, so we parked. Walked up to the house. The party in front of us informed us that they too did not park on St. Elmo and noticed we were coming from the wrong direction. She informed us that the owner yelled at them and cussed them out for not parking on St. Elmo. Some one in their party really wanted to see it, so they decided to stay, otherwise they would have left. The owner came out and was on the phone. He was yelling at the person on the phone. At this time we became very uncomfortable and decided it was best if we leave. Once in the car I was sitting trying to figure out where to go next and setting up my GPS. I saw the owner and he approached my car. He asked 'What is the deal?'. I said, 'We have several small children and we really don't think parking on St. Elmo was safe.' He questioned me with a very condescending smirk and laugh, 'Not safe?'. I said, 'Yes. We did not think it was safe.'. He then said, 'You weren't going to tell me.' I didn't know what he meant at first, but then realized I guess he wanted us to cancel. I said I wasn't the one that called and was about to say I didn't realize it was a 'reservation'. He didn't believe me and kept saying 'You weren't going to tell me'. Laughed and then I said, 'actually I didn't like the way you yelled and cussed out the party in front us.' That's when he lost it. Flipped us off (yes, in front of my small children), started cussing and then stopped and turned around again to flip us off. I was in complete shock. I am still stunned that someone working with the public would do this and in front of children. This is not an isolated incident. He should be shut down. Donation, no he is charging everyone $10.
Written July 23, 2015
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CooperFlatoff
Chicago93 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
Austin is famous for its slogan, "Keep Austin Weird." My wife is from the Austin area and has already introduced me to numerous 'weird' Austin places, but it was my turn, as a northerner, to find something 'weird' to introduce to my wife. I did some research and found this gem, and having no idea what to expect, plugged the address into the GPS, my wife not knowing where we were going. Neither of us had been here before and she had never even heard of it. Indeed, its in the backyard of an eccentric sculptor's house. It is difficult to see from the road, but the front of the house is very quirky and artistic, holding the classic Austin feel that one might find at Spiderhouse or Flipnotics. We cautiously wandered up the front drive and rang the gong, and the owner of the house peered out at us and invited us into the backyard, where the cathedral looms, with his incredibly dry and ironic sense of humour. This cathedral is incredible. It embodies the weirdness of Austin by combining the quirky and ironic humour of the artist with the random pieces of junk donated by fans but also displays the artistic mindset of many people in the town. There are three levels and its really fun to climb around and look at the plethora of interesting collected objects. I definitely recommend checking the place out and talk to the artist if you can. He's pretty cool. As we were leaving, he told us, "Alright, this isn't the Hotel California... except for me." Its free, but leave a donation also and support local Austin weirdness.
Written May 26, 2012
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TrishaMarie
Murrells Inlet, SC904 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Went here, and was very disappointed. Turns out it's the backyard of a private home! You have to call first to actually be allowed in the yard to see it. Wish that were more clear. From what I could see from the street... I would not go back. Too many other fun and interesting things to see in Austin. I know Austin wants to "keep it weird" but this is just a waste of time.
Written January 5, 2015
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Jerry M
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
The sculpture was pretty neat to look around, but I was bothered that the guys that owned it brought political stuff up in front of my family, and it wasn't relevant. I just mentioned we were from another state and one of them brought up socialists (the state is red mind you...) in it and brought Trump into it.

I don't know why they had to bring it up to a family with kids, it's not like the sculpture has an agenda. It really bothered me and my family.
Written August 2, 2022
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Duck1949
Eugene, OR170 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
We were asked for a $5 donation per person. Didn’t call ahead. His main concern is parking as his neighbors have surely raised issues with that, among other things. If there are no spots directly in front of his house, he will direct you to park nearby. Figure on spending about an hour unless you’re really into junk!
Written April 21, 2018
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cameradan34
Pensacola, Florida28 contributions
I enjoyed looking at everything but I ended up having a bad experience because the owner was mean to me after I asked him a few questions. He complained about having to answer these questions over and over. if you don't want to be asked questions then maybe you should stop letting people pay to see your junk.
Written March 28, 2015
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sheila f
Philadelphia, PA115 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
The Cathedral of Junk is the stuff of dreams! It is an amazing and astounding site to behold. "Junk" does not properly describe this massive & larger than life sculpture. It is actually quite beautiful with its color-blocking, windows, and archways. I felt a sense of childhood wonder, like I was Alice & I had wandered through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. The artist is unassuming, informative, and simply delightful.
Written December 2, 2012
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SupVegan
Troy, MI136 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
I've never seen anything like this. I was like an antique store became a monument. There were sections with different colors and there were multiple floors you could climb to see more. The homeowner/creator was friendly. There's a suggested donation of $5 for adults, and it's well worth it. You really do need to call ahead, but it's a short call to verify if he's around and he'll tell you where to park. If you look closely at the details, it's just incredible how much little stuff there is and how much attention was paid to the smaller details. Very neat.
Written December 19, 2017
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