Of all the art destinations one can visit in Pittsburgh, Randyland may be the most rule-bending — one may consider it a massive pile of colorful objects tucked in the back of a private garden. The owner and artist, Randy Gilson, was born in Pennsylvania and at some point in his life he found himself homeless. He moved to Pittsburgh’s Northside in 1982 where he was a community activist planting over 800 street gardens.
The property that would become Randyland was purchased on a credit card for $10,000 in 1995 and since then became home to the artists’ creative expression: from found objects to original art. The artist still lives and works there and if you catch him on a happy day (that is, every day for Randy), you might get to listen to one of his inspirational speeches.