Haunted Shack Gardens - Atlas Obscura

Pasadena, California

Haunted Shack Gardens

Step inside the private garden of self-taught artist Shrine for a tour with Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art Tours.

Self-taught painter, installation, and performance artist Brent Allen Spears (a.k.a. Shrine) has spent the past twenty plus years transforming his Pasadena home into a vivid sanctuary of altars, totems, and sculptures.

Join Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art Tours, for an exclusive tour of this architectural wonder known as Haunted Shack Gardens. Guided by Shrine, we'll get a peek into his creative process as we meander through the dreamlike world he has created from discarded objects such as bottles, rusty cans, broken ceramics, and sea shells.


  • Exact address will be sent to confirmed attendees.
  • Be prepared for 90 minutes of standing and walking.
  • Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.
  • Bring your camera! #atlasobscura #cartwheelart #shrine
  • All ages are welcome, but strollers are not allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

About Shrine

Shrine is a multi-faceted artist who has been making work across disciplines for over 30 years. The richness of his practice comes from lovingly embracing the unknown, working with items discarded by humans all over the world, and the complete dedication to his immersive process. Shrine's work can be seen in countless countries on nearly all 7 continents. While tending to create larger than life installations in public spaces, these works are often made up of smaller sculptures, paintings, and found objects that come together, transforming themselves into something even greater than the sum of their parts. His meditative linear motifs can be found on walls in major cities and landmarks around the globe; these murals often become a permanent fixture, lovingly preserved by the very community itself. While he thrives on working outdoors, creating work that is both transitory and long-lasting, Shrine is no stranger to the gallery world—he has shown at many galleries, has had solo project spaces at Art Basel Miami, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as the Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco. His installations have been included in top art and music festivals such as Coachella Art and Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, BOOM Festival, Symbiosis, and was selected to build The Temple at the incomparable experience of Burning Man.

About Cartwheel Art Tours

Atlas Obscura is thrilled to partner with Cartwheel Art Tours for this immersive exploration. Cartwheel Art Tours eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate district insiders are deeply connected to Los Angeles. Founder Cindy Schwarzstein lives and works in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and is involved with a diverse number of mural and community groups and serves on the board of the Los Angeles Artists and River Business Association (LARABA).


Email Erin Johnson at erin@atlasobscura.com.

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