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A Peek Inside The Four-Storey Museum Plastered With Divine Obscurities 

By Ashlyn Davis

mind-bending house in San Francisco

This mind-bending house will mess with your Marie Kondo’d life.

A museum, a labyrinth, an immersive theatre, a circus or a magical cave? Who knows? What we do know is that it’s completely insane! And this wacky house, that has been evolving over the last 30 years, is nestled away in the rolling hills of San Francisco.

If you’ve spotted the man with long, grey hair in all-black gear, whizzing around West Twin Peaks on roller skates, you’ve probably seen Gregangelo Herrera, owner of the wackiest house in San Francisco, or possibly the world.

 

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While it may appear perfectly normal from the outside – bar the giant Venus Fly Trap prancing around the front yard – once you step through the beautifully mosaicked entrance, you’ll be met with a sensory-overload that’s guaranteed to confront your boundaries.

 

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The house is made up of 27 rooms, spread across 4 floors, and it’s filled with eccentric performers (from Greg’s very own, Velocity Arts) creeping, crawling, or swinging around, waiting to bring this freaky fairytale world to life.

 

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Every room is centered around a theme and concept, drawing from various ideas around mysticism, mythology, natural phenomena, spirituality, religions or legends. The Galaxy Room, for example, is draped with shimmering hand-painted silver curtains and has an impressive collection of lava lamps, is all based on ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrows’ – a novel that highlights America’s confidence and naive faith in technology.

 

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Then there’s the Vortex Room with an infinity pond (which Greg describes as “a wormhole connecting universes”). Yep, your eyes will be flickering from one corner to the next, trying to take in the overwhelming detail covering every square inch of the house, and your mind will be floating about in a sea of profound ideas.

The garish circus decor tapers off into the midnight hues of the Pyramid Room, where you’ll lie face-up to watch a light display of glowing neon speckles scored with dreamy electronic music. This is where the journey ends – or begins.