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August 21, 2012 / Linda Hartong



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.


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  1. House Crazy Sarah / Aug 21 2012 2:37 pm

    Your photos are amazing! I really enjoy your blog and the tours around Carmel that you do – great job!

  2. Carolyn / Aug 21 2012 3:02 pm


  3. Mara Lindstrom / Aug 23 2012 12:14 am

    Did Einstein ever stay there?

  4. Linda Hartong / Aug 23 2012 12:16 am


  5. Nancy / Aug 23 2012 1:08 pm

    Loved this post. Didn’t know about that artist. Exceptional! Enjoyed seeing the rooms too. Gorgeous. Never have understood how they can get away with white furniture coverings in places where so many people come and go….or anywhere. I would avoid white like the plague in my house.

  6. Tyler / Jan 29 2018 12:04 am

    Those are not banksy pieces! They are done by a copy-cat artist called “Mr. Brainwash”. The Charlie Chapin piece, at least, is even signed by mr brainwash.

    • Linda Hartong / Jan 29 2018 1:31 am

      Thanks for catching this. I will correct the post. Best wishes


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