High Desert Trio Create Art from Trash

Transform wide open spaces into outdoor art galleries



Friderich Rudolph has transformed his entire Yucca Valley yard into an outdoor art museum.

Maria Zang

 

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

From seeing a scrap object as a piece of art, to finding a gold mine of old shoes, to transforming broom handles into Art Queens, these all serve as inspirations to a trio of High Desert artists: Simi Dabah, (metal sculpture), Friderich Rudolph, (junk pipe) and Shari Elf (folk art/recycled).

Dabah has been transforming scrap metal into metal art sculptures at his eight-acre site in Joshua Tree for 30 years. Visitors can spot a wide array of his pieces along Highway 62, from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms.

Rudolph is also a veteran of junk art in the high desert for more than 10 years. Originally from Germany, this former Los Angeles fashion designer has transformed his entire Yucca Valley yard into an outdoor art museum, including pieces highlighting some of his favorite celebrities from Lady Gaga and Lindsey Lohan to Pamela Anderson.

Elf’s celebrity obsession is Cher and producing popular recycled T-shirts, “What would Cher do?”

Elf (artwork pictured right) has been producing folk art/recycled art pieces in her Joshua Tree Studio (Art Queen) for more than eight years, and loves interacting with her fellow Joshua Tree Artists in producing collaborative trash works of art.

The three artists are part of this weekend’s Highway 62 Art Tour, but additionally post times and days the public can view their work.

See the artist site map: http://goo.gl/maps/HOMQ1

Artist studios/exhibit sites

A - Friderich Rudolph, Junk Pipe Artist - Outdoor Yard Sculptures
      55682 Navajo Trail, Yucca Valley, Calif.
      Viewing hours: Weekdays & weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

B - Shari Elf, Folk Art/ Recycled Artist - Queen Art Studio
      61855 Hwy 62, Joshua Tree, Calif.
      Viewing hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6 p.m.
      Contact for appointment: 760-660-5672
      Website: http://www.sharielf.com

C - Simi Dabah, Metal Sculpture Artist - Outdoor Metal Sculpture Site
      5255 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, Calif.
      Viewing hours: Fridays from 6 a.m. to noon
      Contact for appointment: Bob Whitt, 760-218-3611
      Website: http://simidabahsculptures.com

Also see:
D - Noah Purifoy, Outdoor Desert Art Museum
      63030 Blair Lane, Joshua Tree, Calif.
      Viewing hours: After Highway 62 Art Tour, by appointment
      Contact: Sue Welsh, 213-382-7516
      Website: http://noahpurifoy.com

For a more coverage on each featured artist, visit - http://masterstorytellingseries.tumblr.com

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

 

VIDEO: Listen to each artist describe their artistic form.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Modernism Week Makes CAMP with New Event Headquarters

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Modernism Week, the annual confab of modernistas, a central headquarters, CAMP, has been created to schmooze, sashay, and satiate your thirst.

Michael Childers Will Tell the Stories Behind his Hollywood Star Photos

Michael Childers built a career photographing portraits of Hollywood stars, but it was the stories behind the photos that audiences will have privy to when the Rancho Mirage resident speaks Jan. 25 at the Annenberg Theater.

Puttin' On The Ritz - Jan. 17, 2015

"Puttin on the Ritz" for the Rovers was held at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells to benefit The Humane Society of the Desert and The Pet Rescue Center.

Wondrous Waters

Soak, relax, and rejuvenate in California's Spa City.

Explore Palm Springs: Bob Hope Desert Classic

When he was asked to lend his name and support in the early 1960s, the Thunderbird Invitational Pro-Am became the Bob Hope Desert Classic, creating a major stop on the PGA Tour for years to come.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Enter for a Chance to Win a Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2015 Grand Experience
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags