Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TIMMYLAND

Step into a fantastical, organic, other-worldly environment ten minutes from San Miguel. To get there you must drive down a narrow dirt road , of course with no signs, and as you come to the multiple acres, you begin to see two or three story serpents out of lightweight concrete. The colors are accurate and even when you get up close after entering the grounds, as seen below, it's hard to believe your eyes. Featured on BBC and HGTV's Extreme Homes, this is the environment and former home of a Texan who has returned to the states. However, the "environment" is a work in progress.
Tim "aka" of Timmyland purchased the land in the erly 90's and began construction in 1996. He lived with his family on the premises until 2001. Yes, the picture above is an "octopus" sink.

Somewhat influenced by Edward James' Sculpture Gardens, Las Pozas, in Xilitla in the State of San Luis Potosi and the Gaudi influence, Tim went "off" on his own journey to create this vision of "FUN" and surrealism.

Don't you just love the curves and swirls of this house? There also is a huge building with a door large enough for large scale sculptures to be taken in and out or large canvases - perfect for an artist's studio.

And, last but not least, is the door into one of the houses on the property. (I'm sure you know you can click on the photos to see enlargements so you can see ALL the detailing.)
The house was built out of lightweight concrete applied to a wire mesh screening. It is a product similar to something used in refineries and areas that need a concrete product to protect structural beams from high intensity fires. It takes color well..........
This is just one stop on the "outsider art" tour that I have planned for a group in August.




6 comments:

Steve Cotton said...

Babs -- So, who owns the place now?

By the way, have you noticed that the "word verification" letters are once again easy to read? I attribute it to your one woman campaign.

Kay Cox said...

Well, damn! How come I haven't seen this! This is a must! So what goes on there now? Is anyone living in it?

Babs said...

Hi Steve and Kay - Well Tim of Timmyland still owns it but only gets down here once or twice a year now. It would be such a wonderful "retreat" for artists and I talked to him about that years ago......No one lives there or anything at present, sadly. I take people out and slip a tip to the guard to let me in and wander and giggle at people's amazement and awe.
And,yes Steve I've noticed the letters are easier to read also - how strange...do you think they read our blogs?????

Steve Cotton said...

Well, they could only have read our blogs if we did not use their font. I don't know what happened, but I'm glad it did.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I want to live there. Places like that are fascinating, not easily resold. Sometimes the no zoning works out, doesn't it?
regards,
Theresa

jennifer rose said...

I'm so disappointed. I thought Timmyland would be all about Lassie. You know, Timmy's in the well again.

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