#939:  Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments - Charley's World of Lost Art

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On dirt rd, 0.5 mi NW of Andrade





No Plaque


I could say a lot about this one. The closest info I was able to find online puts some remains of Charley's World at the site of the RV shown in photo 1. This area is odd, it's a place where people seem to be sort of squatting/camping in the trees off of the road. I don't really know what's going on with them, but they all seem fairly affluent, with nice RVs, vehicles and equipment. I honestly don't know what they are doing except living "off the grid." Anyway, no one seemed to care that I was there, but it did make searching for any remains of a site uncomfortable. In any event, the photos show the location where Charley's World once was, or thereabouts. It is now gone, and how this place became a landmark baffles me.

From the Guidebook:

Charles Kasling began sculpturing near Andrade in 1967, and his creations now fill a site of approximately two and a half acres. His style, best described as eclectic, was inspired partly by his world travels with the U.S. Navy and partly by the desert terrain.

©2009 David Schmitt