John & Anne Wiley

2012/01/18

Rock Art

I liked “Bridge on the River Kwai” when I saw it. I like many forms of Art. I like looking at rock formations. I like seeing how people with basically unlimited money sometimes express themselves in their homes and gardens. I love flying of course. So putting all this together, you could come to understand why I enjoy looking at this place in Hidden Valley just South of Westlake.

9593 Murdock's Fancy

9593 Murdock's Fancy

Now without zoom, you might not notice some of the more peculiar features of this modest home. So with a twist of the lens, more is revealed.

9597 Yard Toys

9597 Yard Toys

Between the mansion at the right and arboretum at the left is an array of tall white sculptures. It turns out, according to stuff I’ve read, those are stones from the River Kwai hand picked from a helicopter by David Murdock. In case you’re wondering, he made some money on Dole Foods. He likes pagodas too, and this one is in the pond just right of the mansion.

9594 Zen

9594 Zen

There’s another pagoda at the top of this last pic, that also gives a closer look at the beautiful Kwai stones.

9598 Sculpture Garden

9598 Sculpture Garden

I’m guessing there are some interesting vehicles inside those two facing 3-car garages just left of the manse. Also out of view is his surrounding world class horse ranch. Wouldn’t it be lovely to stroll that estate? Isn’t this one of the most creative uses of wealth you’ve seen?

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