Xochimilco in Los Angeles

The creator of a toy-filled folk-art garden near downtown LA, Charles Ray Walker, has died. ‘Bamboo Charlie’ as he was known, created a uniquely personal landscape similar to the Islands of Dolls in Xochimilco, Mexico City. His garden is the latest contribution to Southern California’s folk art legacy that includes: Rhodia’s Watts Tower, Grandma Prisby’s Bottle Village, Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Museum, Rubel’s Castle, Salvation Mountain, and Alan Kimble Fahey’ recently razed ‘Phonehedge West’.

Let’s hope that Bamboo Charlie’s garden quickly finds a benefactor and guardian to preserve it’s unique character.

Xochimilco in Los Angeles

LAtimes

LAtimes

Bamboo Charlies Garden is located just south of downtown here:

More folk art landscapes around LA include:

via ‘Bamboo Charlie’ leaves behind his L.A. River paradise – latimes.com &

LA Times 2010 profile of Bamboo Charlie

More pics see:

http://www.altrh.net/gallery3/index.php/pop/bamboo2011

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