When people heard I was headed to Death Valley, one of the top suggestions was to go see the ghost town of Rhyolite, not too far away across the Nevada state line. Calling it a ghost town isn’t really accurate. It’s a ghost town with one hell of an outdoor collection of art, the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Bottle House.
The ghost collections are kind of spooky but I really liked trying to capture that spookiness.
There is a small maze next and my friend Mary is walking it so you can get a sense of scale, the artwork to the landscape.
This next one is so high that you lose the details unless you really zoom in on it.
I can’t find any information on this one, but it is as creepy in real life as it looks here: face masks in the dirt, some obliterated, some not, each one unique.
Tom Kelly’s bottle house is, as you might guess, a house made completely of bottles. Literally, 51,000 beer bottles set in adobe mud, built around 1905. There were 50 bars in the gold rush town then, and so most of the bottles he collected were Busch beer bottles. There was a lot of drinking going on back then.
There was one window where I could see the inside of a bit of wall, and worked to get an image of it. Hard to do with the shadows and reflections, but I think it kind of works in a weird way.
In the side yard of the bottle house is a collection of rusted objects. Something beautiful in a pile of formerly useful things abandoned and slowly decaying in the desert air, not sure what, but I like this image a lot.
And so ends the short tour of Rhyolite, the spotlight of this week’s Freaky Friday. Hope you enjoyed the tour!