Shelter Masthead

Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

Michael Kahn
Pages 122-123
Pages 124-125
Pages 126-127
Pages 128-129

Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

Michael Kahn's Sculptural Village in the Arizona Desert

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Pipe Dreams is Mike’s most recent building. Wall of dry stacked rock and driftwood Painting on wall by Michael Glastonbury
Front door Oil painting (completed in 1970) on display in its own room
display in its own room
Outside door Pipe Dreams is Mike’s most recent building.
Layout of Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams namesake sculpture (on top of roof)
Collage wall by Michael Kahn and Michael Glastonbury Inside of outside door
Collage wall by Michael Glastonbury
by Michael 
Glastonbury Painted rock floor section

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Page 128 Text: Pipe Dreams is Mike’s most recent building, and it’s an art gallery of his paintings, a labyrinth of a building with dozens of rooms, tableaus, displays of paintings, fabrics, tilework, stonework, stained-glass-colored beams of light reflecting on walls and floors. Mike’s friends David O’Keefe and Michael Glastonbury collaborated with him in the spontaneous creation and construction process.

As you can see from these eight pages, Mike ended up building a sculptural village. He says he was inspired mostly by sculptor Conrad Malicoat of Provincetown, and by the book Shelter, “. . . not only ideas and techniques, but an undercurrent of creative inspiration, a trust that things will work out.”

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