As I was driving back from my visit to the National Wildlife Refuge the other day, I was enticed to take a short detour off the main road in Antonito, Colorado. I saw a shimmering structure that looked like a church — but there was something odd and not quite symmetrical about it, even from a distance of three or four blocks.
It turned out to be an amazing construction of what appeared to be recycled boards, windows, rocks, bits of glass, pieces of metal, and many, many aluminum cans. In front was a sign that stated: “Alcohol and Tobacco Is Kills. Mary Jane Is Healing.” Okay, the grammar’s a little screwy, but you get the idea. I had a feeling the builder may have been experiencing the healing effects of Mary Jane when he or she contrived this monumental edifice. On the other hand, there were all those beer cans — but I guess they could have been Mountain Dew or Coca Cola cans. Here’s a closer view of the towers, from the other side: