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Pasadena, California

Haunted Shack Gardens After Dark

Step inside the private garden of self-taught artist Shrine for an exclusive nighttime 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 20-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 "after dark" 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.

And during this exclusive nighttime visit, you can be one of the first to experience Shrine's latest addition to this ever-evolving environment: a custom lighting scheme, just in time for the peak of the "holiday lights" season.


  • Exact address will be sent to confirmed attendees.
  • Be prepared for 90 minutes of standing and walking.
  • Limited street parking is available, please read signs carefully. Park at your own discretion, and be respectful of the neighbors in this residential neighborhood.
  • Bring your camera! Tag @atlasobscura #atlasobscura #cartwheelart @shrineon
  • Make a night out of it! Haunted Shack Gardens is located within a short driving distance from Pasadena and Altadena's other seasonal attractions including Christmas Tree Lane, Balian House, and Upper Hastings Ranch

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. While he thrives on working outdoors and creating work that is both transitory and long-lasting, Shrine is no stranger to the gallery world—he has shown at many galleries.  His work has been featured at solo project spaces including Art Basel Miami,  Craft and Folk Art Museum, and La Luz De Jesus Gallery, as well as  Yerba Buena Art Center. His installations have been included in top art and music festivals such as Coachella Art and Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, BOOM Festival, and Symbiosis. Shrine 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 Cindy Schwarzstein at cindy@cartwheelart.com

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