'Hamtramck Disneyland' by Dmytro Szylak
By kjfitz @ 2009-12-30 10:56:36
Built by Dmytro Szylak, a retired General Motors assembly line worker, it started out as a simple hobby. But it quickly grew to be a towering assemblage of hand-carved and found objects, two-stories tall and miraculously teetering between the two garages of the retired Ukranian auto worker. The mass of materials spins and sways in the wind and lights up at night, while traditional Ukranian folk music pours out of the attached speakers.
Interwoven into the sculpture are reindeer, American patriotic symbolism of all kinds, oddly placed dolls, bold paint colors, tri-lingual press clippings and banners, wind-powered oddities, repurposed lawn ornaments, a model of Mickey Mouse in a plane, mini cars on the ground, toys galore, and painted bits of wood and steel--all of which has been gloriously wired with lights and sound.