And of course no tourist vehicle should depart the town without a new creature companion created by the collaborating artists Pat Landreth and Suzanne Montano.
The cool news today, though, is that you don't have to drive any further than Manitou Springs to experience the weird wonderfulness of Bungled Jungle, because they're the featured guests artists at the Green Horse Gallery for this evening's 3rd Friday Art Walk.
I was just in Salida a couple weeks ago and stopped back in the gallery to visit.
With something like this posting in mind, I asked Pat to reintroduce us to the shop and walk us through one of his unusual machines, the Echometer:
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Here's a brief artists' description provided by the couple and some more pics I snapped inside the shop:
"The Bungled Jungle is the collaboration of 2 warped minds working feverishly at high altitude with an apparent lack of sufficient oxygen (Salida, Colorado, elevation 7036'.) Pat Landreth (formally trained as a physicist) and Suzanne Montano (geologist) use their scientific backgrounds (not) to create a unique menagerie of strange, humorous, fantasy creatures and bizarre habitats.
The pieces range in size from 2" to 10' tall, and take between 2 weeks to several months to create. Each sculpture is built in layers utilizing approximately 13 different materials: several types of rubber, plastics, clays, metals and then saturated in silliness and acrylic paint. These one-of-a-kind art pieces are lightweight, easy to ship and have a high resistance to breakage. They also come with complete and free dental coverage.
If you have a sense of wonder and like to smile, these no-maintenance pests will find a soft spot in your heart, home, workspace..."
Pat Landreth, keeping his clothes clean, of course.
Imagine combing your hair in that mirror every morning.