East Jesus

East Jesus, Niland: Address, East Jesus Reviews: 4.5/5

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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA256 contributions
A unique aspect of mankind
May 2021
Just a few miles from Salvation Mountain and Slab City, one will find the compound of East Jesus. East Jesus is a habitable experimental camp, with a unique collection of manmade art located in the middle of nowhere. The residents of East Jesus and several offsite outpost camps provide a haven and refuge for artists, musicians, survivalists, writers, scientists, and “weirdos”. Everyone is allowed to do his / her own thing. These community are completely self-contained and follow their own rules of conduct and behavior. Most of the camps run entirely on solar power. Living quarters, an open-air kitchen, library, garden, and musical room complete with a grand piano make up this outpost in the desert. All the comforts of home except running water and a functional sewer system. Residents of East Jesus use and recycle every bit of consumable trash. Tourist flock to East Jesus to marvel at the vast art garden containing unique works of art made from trash / garbage and other materials. The Art Garden is open and free to the public, sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. View the art, do not touch, or move anything and stay out of areas marked private. Violate these simple rules, and you had better be prepared to fight. Works of art by several dozen different artist ae on display. Some are excellent, other are just bizarre and other are just “say what”. The Bottle Wall (Wall made of discarded stacked bottles); Mammoth (sculpture of a Mammoth elephant made from old blown out tires); TV Wall (a large collection of televisions with strange message portrayed on the blank screens), Entry Archway and Sunken House partially buried in the sand are just a few of the different “art” exhibitions on display. Many other displays are either in work or have been abandoned by their creators. All have been created utilizing trash, garbage, and discarded junk. Old derelict vehicles are also on display. Some have been left to rust away while others are decorated and brightly painted. Strange. Some of these wrecks’ serve as homes for a few residents. Tourist are allowed to camp in East Jesus for a couple of days at a time, at a cost of $15.00-$25.00 per night. However, you must follow a strict set of rules. An interesting site for the connoisseur of bizarre and weird art. If you visit this location, make sure you wear a hat. During our visit, the temperature hit 106o F and there is minimal shade. Plenty of drinking water is essential and take precautions. Lock your car, watch your possessions, and control your children (no recommended). You are accepted but not wanted. This is a free-living community and basically you are on your own. Expect to be pestered for cash or food donations. If you provide whiskey or beer, you are a friend until it all gone. My recommendation is to visit, view the art and surrounding community and then leave the area prior to dark.
Written 2 June 2021
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melissa w
Cincinnati, OH1,024 contributions
Outside Art Museum
Jan 2021
We're so sad this is currently "closed" (CA covid shut down). You can still drive through and take in a lot but there's so much more art beyond the front gate.
Written 18 January 2021
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Sam S
Long Beach, CA572 contributions
Funky Art
Nov 2020 • Couples
At one end of Slab City this is a one of a kind whimsical museum. From the wreckage of a small plane to vintage cars, it is truly imaginative and a testament to American pop culture.
Written 28 December 2020
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Colby S
Irvine, CA1,030 contributions
Bizarre In The Best Way!
Sep 2020
There is a peculiar kind of madness to this place that I really enjoy! Tons of sculptures and abstract pieces that range from the eccentric to the macabre and everything in between, think creepy dolls, decapitated mannequins, conspiracies regarding how dolphins killed Jesus, etc. It’s all truly bonkers but it really stretches the imagination!

There’s no real rhyme or reason to what’s on display you’re seeing, anything goes really, which is an interesting change of pace from the organized structure of a traditional museum or gallery. Check this place out if you want to expand your mind in a world without rules!

Written 29 September 2020
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Yomama
Niland, CA9 contributions
Unique
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is a unique area. Slab City near Niland Ca. It is interesting to see how others live and interpret art. Must see.
Written 16 March 2020
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michelbE1648CI
Sechelt, Canada101 contributions
Odd form of art!
Dec 2019
We visited this outdoor museum as we drove around the Salton sea. Hard to say anything about it except that all the art pieces, if that's what you want to call them, are all made from recycled/discarded mechanical parts, welded together to form psychedelic mostly meaningless sculptures. You have to go there with an open mind and let these pieces intrigue you and cajole you. You are taken back to the sixties, hippy times!
Written 23 February 2020
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Peter M
3 contributions
world class imagination
Feb 2020
Place is an outdoor art museum,lots of amazing art, a little hard to find but world class weirdness. Lot of Burning Man art, art cars, surreal constructions, oh yeah.
Written 18 February 2020
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Leo
4 contributions
Good place to take tons of pictures
Aug 2019
very artsy, lots to look at. Bring water because if you visit this place during the summer, you will be burning.
Written 10 January 2020
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Denise
Carlsbad, CA108 contributions
Interesting
Jan 2020
East Jesus is located another mile or so up the road from Slab City. A location for squatters living out of RVs and whatnot, and making art from various items that most would classify as garbage. Go and see it.
Written 7 January 2020
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Moo1966
Seattle, WA53 contributions
Very Interesting
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is a museum in the middle of the desert, made of left over parts and junk. It is very interesting to walk around and see the creativity of the people who have built this. It’s a a cross between Mad Max, Burning Man and a homeless camp. You should go see it.
Written 10 December 2019
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