I'm finishing up my Busch Gardens TR and should have it posted by tomorrow but something I read today reminded me of a place we visited a few years ago called Tinkertown http://tinkertown.com/
in New Mexico. I thought some of you might enjoy checking out this awesomely crazy place that was created by an artist named Ross Ward who was a show painter for carnivals for over 30 years, traveling the country painting on all the major carnival shows and in winter quarters from Texas to Florida.
We actually weren't planning on visiting Tinkertown, but we'd ridden up to the top of Sandia Crest and got talking to a guy up there who "used to ride" and who told us if we liked weird and cool stuff we should check out this funky museum on our way back towards town. We had time and it sounded interesting so we plugged it into the GPS and headed back through the twisties to see the creations of a truly twisted mind (I mean that as a compliment).
The entrance to Tinkertown is just a wide spot on a winding mountain road.
The gate gives you a glimpse of what’s to come. This place isn’t just folk art, Mr. Ward had a wry sense of humor and a philosopher’s way with words.
Walk past this amazing wall and the entrance (and gift shop) are to your left.
We’re sure glad it did!
This place is already awesome and we haven’t even gone inside yet.
Wander up this hall a little further…
And you’re greeted by dozens of incredibly detailed dioramas, all hand carved and painted by Mr. Ward, many with moving parts.
Tiny little humans living out their fun little lives doing all sorts of jobs and activities from engineers to circus freaks.
Some of them are funny, some are a little “off”, then some sign will make you stop and think.
This circus display was massive.
But what drew me the most was Mr. Ward’s cutting wit
There’s more art thisaway.
All displayed for you to see.
This one still makes me feel guilty for all the time I waste in front of screens!
Yes it is! At least when Ross Ward was creating it.
We left hours later with smiles on our faces and a little sadness in our hearts wishing we could have met the man that created such a wonderful place, sadly he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 57 and passed away in 2002. We are just happy he left such an amazing legacy and that his family is keeping the place alive.