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Private Studio of William Sandell

Explore the private studio of William Sandell with Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art Tours.

Step inside artist William Sandell's cabinet of curiosities—a private studio in the Brewery Artist Colony where he builds kinetic sculptures from doll heads, gears, light bulbs, and other found materials. 

Led by Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art Tours, we'll view Sandell's large collection of film posters, see a reel of film clips, and experience his kinetic sculptures which were recently featured at Manhattan Beach Art Center.


  • Exact address will be sent to confirmed attendees.
  • Ages 13+
  • 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 

About William Sandell

William Sandell entered films as a set dresser and assistant art director with exploitation films like ‘Invasion of the Bee Girls’ and ‘Zombie Prom’, receiving his first credit as a production designer with ‘The Promise’ in 1979. Since then he has worked with the likes of Wolfgang Petersen on ‘Airforce One’ and ‘The Perfect Storm’ and created the town of Bedrock for ‘The Flintstones’ – an under-rated contribution – and gained a BAFTA and an Oscar nod for his detailed recreation of life on board a nineteenth century ship in ‘Master and Commander – the Far Side of the World’ as well as providing a brace of futuristic worlds for Paul Verhoeven in ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Robo-Cop’. Away from the film set he is an avid collector of comic books with a collection in excess of eight thousand.

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).


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