The Albany Bulb: Art, Nature and the Wild Urban Experience

On a dull gray day in California I walk through what was once a haven for the tramps, the gypsies, the homeless and the home free.

The remains of what once was survives to tell their stories. Colors pop, sculptures dance and the rubble lay beautifully strewn by the still waters edge.

This place, vivid as a dreamscape with a story to tell. I conjure up the residents: creative, troubled and talented using this discarded landfill as their canvas for expression and as their place for community and home.

Tales of love, loss and remembrances live on in the stone. I found here a beauty left in the destruction.

To learn more about The Bulb, it’s residents, history and meaning to the community visit: sharethebulb.org

 

Albany waterfront trail sign

This worn down sign waits to greet you upon your journey

 

Brush

Nature has grown wild, overtaking the landfill.

 

Rubble

 

Pretty Girl

 

Tribute to Ted.jpg

This concrete slab has been used as a tribute to a dead friend.

 

Queen

 

Door Drawings

 

Lock Key Chainsaw

 

Headstone

 

Rock Face

 

Double

 

MoonMan

 

Exploding Sun Mosaic

Sun burst mosaic

 

Boombox

 

Maze 2

A maze with a shrine in the middle.

 

Waterfront

 

Bicycle Sculpture

Sculpture with moving parts.

 

pinwheel

Rotating metal pinwheel

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

Pinwheel sculpture

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

Scrap metal and wood sculpture. Stands around 12 feet tall.

 

Sun Worshiper

Large 12 foot sculpture

 

LonelyMan

 

2 Gentleman

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

Lone man sculpture around 10-12 feet tall

 

Rudolph

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

 

graffiti man

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

Vines begin to overtake this doorway to one of the last large standing structures.

 

Inside Structure

Inside one of the remaining shelter structures

 

Spiral Staircase

Spiral staircase from the roof of a still standing structure

 

Texts

A letter from a Bulb Resident

 

Rubble

 

The Albany Bulb Sculpture

Follow the yellow brick road

 

Yellow Brick Road

The Yellow Brick Road

 

For more info on this truly unique place and it’s history go to www.sharethebulb.org or check out this great video Where Do You Go When it Rains

All images © 2017 Lily Montemarano

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