一大早起來和姑姑聊天,表哥家超活潑跳躍的Lego便瘋狂巴在愛咪身上想要分食愛咪的早餐。不管愛咪是做在比較高的吧台桌上,他硬是要把頭鑽進愛咪的腋下,巴巴望著愛咪桌上的食物。忍不住想要用力把就古錐的Lego緊緊抱起來!!

下午就要返回波士頓。短短一個早上加半個下午,表哥決定帶我們去一個很多人不知道的景點-*TheHouse on the Rock。路上和昨天一樣,隨時可以看見動物。因為乳牛很多,讓Wisconsin以乳製品,尤其是起士出名。車牌上也著名– The dairy state!

History

During the 1940's, a man named Alex Jordan discovered a60-foot chimney of rock in the beautiful Wyoming Valley. It was here he decidedto build a house on the sandstone formation called Deer Shelter Rock. Jordanbuilt the house as a weekend retreat and never intended it to be a touristattraction. However, people kept coming to see the architectural wonder theyhad heard about. Jordan eventually started asking for 50 cent donations. Thatwas only the beginning. The 14-room house is the original structure of what isnow a complex of many buildings, exhibits and garden displays.

Alex was a collector all his life and enjoyed visitingmuseums; however, he did not want The House on the Rock to be a museum. Heintended it to be much more than that. Though parts of the collections couldhave easily found their way into museums, The House on the Rock is more of atrip through the wild and fantastic imagination of Alex Jordan than a visit toa dusty, lifeless museum.

In December of 1988, Alex sold The House on the Rock tolongtime associate Art Donaldson, a collector and a businessman who shared hisbroad interests. Alex remained at The House on the Rock as Artistic Directoruntil his death on November 6, 1989. Art Donaldson continues to own The Houseon the Rock and builds on Alex's dream of expanding and entertaining visitorsfrom all over the world. Alex continues to be in his own words, "Presentbut not voting". This House on the rock

所有一切的開始都是一個叫做Alex Jordan的男子想要在一塊大石頭上蓋一間房子開始。在成功蓋成這個房子之後,開始有慕名而來的民眾想要參觀。開始收費,有了經費開始,Alex開始想要繼續拓展整個建築物。加上他本身是個收藏家,最後這間內部蜿蜒的建築物成為了無奇不有的博物館。以下簡單帶過幾個特別的點。

在原本的第一間小屋裡,屋頂非常的矮。因為Alex希望來這裡的朋友是來坐著享受這個像Lounge的空間。整個建築物裡面到處都可以看見椅子。建築物裡也處處融入原本的石頭和樹。讓整個地方和大自然結合。

Alex對亞洲的造景似乎有無法自拔的熱愛。走廊和庭園造景都透露亞洲建築的氣味。

Infinity Room是個從建築物延伸出去的小平台。小平台最後面故意做成無限延伸出去的感覺,讓人有這個房間似乎沒有盡頭的錯覺。從這個房間的窗戶看出去,可以看到一片綠的景色。

偷偷在沒人的時候跑進去男廁,拍了這張面對面上的馬桶。。。

Alex不管收藏什麼,都是大量收集!收藏的東西多到可以乾脆自己造了一條人造街,像是走進歷史的街道,什麼店都有。賣瓷器,賣娃娃,賣鐘錶。。。真的有夠誇張!

再來還有打火機,相機,鯨魚牙,盔甲,皇冠,娃娃屋。。。

有個空間展示他海洋相關收集品。房間中間有個非常巨型的造景。是一支大烏賊和鯨魚打鬥的場景。這個造景非常非常非常巨大,大到愛咪站在旁邊會被壓迫到自然產生恐懼感。

Alex除了投入心力在這間房子,還花時間製作其他東西。像是自動演奏的樂團(樂團喔!不是樂器而已!)就有超過十個擺放在博物館。中國風,俄羅斯風,歐洲風。。。

另外一個讓愛咪讚嘆不已的收藏品是旋轉木馬上的木馬。但不只木馬,連其他什麼奇形怪狀的動物都有。最後多到他可以乾脆自己蓋一個旋轉木馬。這上面來一隻馬型的座椅都沒有,全部都是其他像是麒麟啦,貓啦,之類的東西。這個旋轉木馬是全世界最大,上面的燈泡超過兩萬顆,價值480萬美元。

博物館很大,慢慢走一定要一天才能看完。這個特別的地方絕對是值得花上一天來看看。。。只能說是歎為觀止。。。

最後感謝表哥表嫂和姑姑收留愛咪,Wisconsin下次見!

*The House on the Rock

5754 State Road 23 Spring Green, WI 53533

http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

 

 

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