Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
Located in Simi Valley, Calif., Bottle Village is a sprawling folk-art piece constructed by self-taught artist Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey. She started the project at the age of 60 when she needed materials to build a structure to house her pencil collection, which eventually numbered 17,000, and a wall to block the smell and the dust that invaded her property from an adjacent turkey farm. Prisbrey collected thousands of bottles from the local dump and worked until 1981 to construct 23 buildings, as well as shrines, wishing wells, walkways and sculptures — all made from found objects. Presbrey died in 1988, and her creation later suffered damage from the Northridge 1994 earthquake. Today the attraction is disintegrating, but the Preserve Bottle Village Committee is working to repair it. The group offers tours by appointment.