Uncover the treasures that lie within an unassuming façade of a nondescript building in Northeast Los Angeles, home to a mind-blowing studio chock full of curios crafted from recycled materials.
Join Atlas Obscura for this exploration of MorYork Gallery exclusively arranged for the Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles, where you'll enter a portal into another dimension curated and assembled by craftsman and retired Disney Parks art director Clare Graham. Sourced from flea markets, estate sales, and sometimes even the curb, the raw materials that make up Clare's fantastical creations are anything but random. Be they puzzle pieces, pop tabs, buttons, doll heads, or swizzle sticks, they serve as the primary inspiration for the final works.
Originally built as a Safeway grocery market and subsequently used as a roller rink and slot car venue, the building stood empty and derelict before MorYork Gallery took up occupancy in 1986. There is no sign beckoning visitors, and only those in the know manage to get inside while Graham is working. Led by Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein, this tour will be a rare opportunity to hear the stories behind each of the objects from its creator, with additional time for self-guided exploration of the collection.
- Bring your cameras! Photography is encouraged. Tag #atlasobscura @atlasobscura
- Please leave all bags and bulky items at home or in your car. You'll need your hands free to open cabinets and drawers!
- Kid- and dog-friendly! All ages and breeds welcome, but all humans must have a paid ticket.
- ADA accessible.
- Plenty of street parking in the area.