Because the road to the freeway access closest to my house will be under construction for a year, I've been taking lots of different routes across town. It's always fun to stumble across interesting things in one's own back yard and for a few days now I've passed this house. I had some extra time one day and decided to park and explore this unusual place.
This house is a work in progress and, while I think it's very interesting, I shudder to think of having to repaint every few years. On the other hand, perhaps the process rather than the product is the point here in the same way as many of us garden to garden rather than to own a garden.
Quite a few interesting surprises, like this sign, awaited me as I wandered on the sidewalk.
While this cuts down on natural light in the front hall, It surely increases security.
A Peace Pole, part of an international project, is "a hand crafted pole inscribed with the message "May Peace Prevail On Earth" on four sides. These poles act as constant reminders to visualize and pray for world peace."
Fortunately, there are public spaces on all sides of the house so passersby can easily explore the murals without trespassing.
Different interpretations of cranes grace this side of the house.
Very clever the way the tree in the alley blends with the branch in the mural.
But wait, there's more! Behind the house is a lovely garden.
At the back of the garden is a mosaic installation.
I love the way the moss is such an integral part of this work.
On the alley side of the structure we see what I'm imagining will be another peace pole.
Across the alley there is another house with large mural
And a peace pole. Is this passing the peace or simply peacing up with the Jonses?
Lovely wood sculpture. Man made or natural?
The neighbors also had these lovely ladies who were very friendly and seemed to be quite well fed.
Did I mention that this all exists across from this?
Life in an urban area is full of surprises. May your day be equally full of delight.