adventure journal jay nelson cabin kauai

adventure journal jay nelson cabin kauaiAt kindergarten graduations around the country, the best part of the ceremony is when the new graduates are asked what they what to be when they grow up. You get your fair share of firemen, teachers, and professional athletes — all worthy. But the best responses, inevitably voiced with the earnestness of a 5-year old, are the jobs the kids pull more from their imaginations than the Bureau of Labor statistics: shark wrangler, swing set tester, puppy snuggler, etc. You laugh because they sound silly, then sigh in wondering why they can’t be real.

We don’t know if Jay Nelson planned his career at 5 years of age, but he’s managed to make the dream of many a proud kindergartner a reality. Jay Nelson is a professional fort builder. Yep. He’s also an accomplished artist, with a C.V. stuffed with shows in renowned galleries and museums. When it comes to the home he designed and built on Kauai, the touches of playfulness form a perfect match with the artist’s minimalism.

For more on Jay, check out his rad mobile surf shacks.

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Photos by Jay Nelson.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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