Weird Homes Tour – Austin
What do two ancient cars, ancient beads, doll parts, pulp erotica, and forgotten esoterica have in common? Well, it all collides and coalesces at Carl’s house. A place he cheekily calls Morningwood in reference to the way the sun peeks through his trees as it rises.
The house showcases Carl’s collection of mid-century art created by the University Of Texas’ Fine Arts Dept. faculty. In the garage, a seven-foot tower of flat files overflows with art and ancient and tribal beads from all corners of the globe. A few feet away, Walter the Car, a 1931 Ford roadster, awaits patiently for another road-Borne adventure.
But it’s in the backyard that the true weirdness blooms. “Jerusalem,” a tiny jewel-like Cornell box structure, contains everything from a chunk of the Berlin Wall to a powerful Shipibo Shamen’s necklace and adornments. It’s an eclectic utopia where Carl, a museum curator and cultural historian, can display the 10,000 little curios that fascinate him.
And they will fascinate you too.