On a whim, and perhaps out of a mix of boredom and curiosity, Oakland artists Nite Owl and Eddie Colla loaded up their car and drove 10 hours to the “International Car Forest of the Last Church” in Goldfield Nevada. The International Car Forest of the Last Church is a hallowed earthen automobile graveyard, with over 40 cars, trucks and buses. The installation was the brainchild of collaborators, Chad Sorg and Michael “Mark” Rippie. Rippie began the art project back in 2002, with the dream of owning the Guinness Book of World Records title for “most cars planted vertically in the ground.
Arriving well after dark, to avoid the heat, Colla And Nite Owl got to work quickly aided only by head lamps and an incredible view of the Milky Way. For Colla it was just another perfect spot for his post apocalyptic portraits. A place straight out of science fiction, where the world had seemingly already ended. For Nite Owl it was just another excuse to leave Oakland and throw up a few more of his iconic owls. It was a night of giant spiders, animals no one could idenitfy and beef jerky. After about 8 hours of being underdressed in unusually cold weather and stumbling around a place that seemed a fitting spot for a cult murder, the sun came up. It was time to grab a few photos and get the fuck out of Goldfield.