More from Bombay Beach

How did the Salton Sea Riviera “Bombay Beach” got its name? Along the east side of the Salton Sea, a major railroad line exists, even today. Staying on a campground for a day, you can hear the two miles long freight trains pushing by, day and night. Rumour has it, that the rail company thought it to be cool to use exotic names for railroad stops, and so you got Bombay Beach, and a little north Mecca Beach.

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The Bombay Beach Estate has building after building with graffiti, visitors, and artists.

Art at the Bombay Beach, Salton Sea

In the 1950s, Bombay Beach was called the “Salton Riviera”, with more visitors than Yosemite, some say. Since then, due to drastic environmental changes, the lake resort turned into a ghost resort. But, hold, for years more and more artists work and hang out in Bombay Beach, having an Art Biennale, last in March of 2023. Definitively, an interesting refreshing place to hang around for a bit.

Here, are some “leftovers” from the last year’s Art Festival.


Die Künstlerin Birgit Hölmer nennt ihre abstrakten Klebebilder “Cuts”. Sie verziert seit Jahren die Schaufenster leerstehender Geschäfte mit ihren Werken. Interessant fand ich, dass die Bilder, je nach Beleuchtung und Blickwinkel im Raum zu schweben scheinen.

The artist Birgit Hölmer calls her abstract adhesive pictures “Cuts”. She has been decorating the windows of vacant stores with her works for years. I found it interesting that the pictures seem to float in space, depending on the lighting and angle of view.


Seit 2009 begrüßt die grasende weiße Giraffe der Künstlerin Sina Heffner die Besucher Wolfsburgs. Sie steht unweit von Theater, Planetarium und Kunstmuseum am Rande einer Hauptstraße. Ich habe mich heute auch mal künstlerisch betätigt und in der zweiten Version des Bildes die Farben verschoben.

Since 2009, the grazing white giraffe by artist Sina Heffner has greeted visitors to Wolfsburg. It stands not far from the theater, planetarium and art museum on the edge of a main street. Today I have also been artistically active and shifted the colors in the second version of the picture.