Desert Bizarro: Exploring a slowly decaying Christian theme park outside Joshua Tree National Park.
Near Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, this Christian theme park was the concept of the then local pastor Reverend Eddie Garver who visualized creating the faith-based attraction as a light and symbol for world peace. In 1950, the US government helped Garver to realize his dream and granted the ‘Desert Pastor’ 5 acres of south-facing land on a desolate mount, overlooking the valley.
The effects of the 1992 earthquake in nearby Landers, which knocked off hands, feet and heads exposing steely skeletons, must be creepy to even to the most pious visitor. Limited funding and wanton neglect have also taken their toll, most noticeably in the ‘Blessing of the Children’ scenes where small children are missing limbs and faces.
Sermon On The Mount as viewed through the armpit of one of his disciple’s.
Over the next 10 years before his death in 1961 at age 74, Martin created more than 35 statues from plaster, steel and concrete, including a 3-story, 125-ton bas-relief of The Last Supper. A window was installed behind the JC’s head, and a platform built providing an excellent opportunity for visitors to pose for a photo with the saviour.
His healing hands don’t look like regular hands.
Double the Jesus/Double the Fun
Praying for love and light.
Fun with Jesus/Love You Bro
Tomb of Christ: “Look, Jesus melted!”
Rock Chapel memorial to a smoker.
It may be small but its hella holy.
Don’t you ever turn your back on god.
Samaritan Women at Well/Motel Hell
Christ, Lazarus, Mary & Martha – It’s a party!
The Last Supper
Suffer Not the Children
Rock Chapel Cross
Put your hands up!
That wore me out, time for a nap.