The Times did a huge article on SunRay today, almost two full color pages (here). Article by Michael Tortorello, Check the slide show, photos by Randy Harris. SunRay is one of the featured buiders in Builders of the Pacific Coast; we did 26 pages on him in 2008. I got interviewed extensively for this article.
“Give a man a couple of acres and a week in the woods, and he’ll start to plan his castle.
It is an unusual soul, however, who proceeds to build 7 houses, 10 ponds, a hermit’s hut, a 17-foot-tall maple-wood Jesus and a yoga studio whose sculptured pink doorway resembles (with frank anatomical accuracy) the female genitalia.
The lord of this manor is a 60-year-old barefoot maverick named SunRay Kelley. And his fantastical hand-hewn compound lies at the end of a dirt road that bears his grandfather’s name, in the foothills of the Cascade Range, north of Seattle.
The best way to discover SunRay Kelley’s work (picture a hippie Taliesin) is to make a pilgrimage.
One repeat visitor is the writer and founder of’Shelter Publications, Lloyd Kahn, whose definitive book on 1970s vernacular architecture, Shelter, is a touchstone for Mr. Kelley’s style.
“It was kind of an odyssey,” Mr. Kahn said in a phone call from his own D.I.Y. home in Bolinas, Calif. “He’s really an artist. He doesn’t deal with the details of the real world all that engagingly.…’ ” (In the interview, I’m sure I said something like “realistically,” not …”engagingly.”)