Albany, California: Albany Bulb: Flotsam Art Utopia

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Address:
Buchanan St., Albany, CA
Directions:
I-80 Buchanan exit. Turn toward SF Bay (go past the race track). Park, don't leave valuables in your car. Continue walking until you come to a convergence of trails. Turn right (north) until you get to the bay. Watch for locals and sculptures on the way. Debris can be unstable, walk with caution.
Hours:
Daylight. Unregulated area. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free.
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The Bulb.

Albany Bulb: Flotsam Art Utopia

Constantly evolving urban art made from garbage, coastal flotsam and smashed concrete debris found on The Bulb. The squatters and anonymous artists have been evicted before, but encampments are scattered in the brush and crannies.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [02/21/2013]

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Flotsam Art

I have to take issue with the visitor who said that the Albany Bulb's sculptures are "garbage-covered graffiti." They are unique and amazing works of art, sculptures of humans/gods (?) hammered together out of the metal and wood and other materials left on the beach and situated bayside in relation to the water.

There is some garbage-covered graffiti around, but really the sculptures are inspired art, and greatly beloved by the community. I never have trouble parking, and I live here. So come on down! It's free!

And the artists are anonymous.

[Linda Rugg, 09/08/2010]
The Bulb - Flotsam Art Utopia

I have to confess that this was a huge disappointment for me. There was very little that was artistic at all. It was more like graffiti-covered garbage. The parking was terrible and we ended up paying $4 to park in the fairgrounds lot.

[Kelly, 06/14/2010]

Creature from the Bulge.

The Bulge (AKA The Bulb) - Flotsam Art

An outdoor junk sculpture park. Most of the sculptures are made from materials found on The Bulge.

[WFH Ring, 07/23/2009]

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