I am out and about in search of the graffiti art of Banksy.
Banksy (1974 — ) is a graffiti artist from Bristol,UK, whose artwork appears throughout London and other locations around the world. Despite this,he carefully manages to keep his real name from the mainstream media.
He has two “pieces” of art in Carmel. One is at the Cypress Inn.
I have heard that “Einstein” appears on a building in Carmel’s Forest Lodge, so I walk to the SE corner of Ocean and Junipero to see if I can find it.
The Forest Lodge has a great location – cross the street and shop along Ocean Ave., see a play nearby at the Forest Theater, or make a quick get-a-way down the coast to Big Sur.
It is a charming set of cottages in a garden setting.
Yep, there is Einstein on Ocean Ave. side of Ocean Cottage. He is standing in a patch of Acanthus proclaiming that “Love is the Answer”. How can I argue with that?
Now that I am here I decide to wander around. It is a sunny day and the Agapanthus is in full bloom.
Ocean Room has its own little patio
and the rooms look lovely.
The current owners have recently eco-remodeled.
I take the path heading up the hill and come to a building housing 3 units.
The Dali Suite
with its huge stone fireplace.
The Garrett Loft
And on the west side , Weston House.
Now I wander north and see Garden House
And last, Einstein cottage
with its stone fireplace.
The fountain makes its music
and I look down to the red telephone booth outside the office.
The booth holds tourist information.
I bet everyone has their photos taken here. A startled couple graciously agree to pose and I snap this shot.
As I write this post , I start to wonder about the history of these cottages and find they begin as Carmel’s first hospital.
In 1927, Edith Ballou Shuffelton, a graduate of the nursing school at Stanford, persuades people to give to a fund for Carmel Hospital. The hospital is designed by Robert Stanton and built by Michael J. Murphy. In a matter of a few years the facility proves inadequate. The building is then converted to the Forest Lodge apartments.
I read reviews of the Forest Lodge– guests love the place.