The undeveloped area, now referred to as the Jungle, was zoned for fifty-three residential lots along a straight road called Wolff Way when Rauschenberg purchased the land alongside the Beach House on July 26, 1968. After allowing Wolff Way to grow over with vegetation, he decided to create a meandering path more harmonious with the scenery. The story goes that Rauschenberg drove his Volkswagen Beetle through the Jungle, having his staff mark off where he was able to traverse. The path was cleared and dubbed “Jungle Road.”
For the artists in residence, the Jungle serves as a meditative pathway and abundant source of inspiration.
Dorit Cypis records footage in the Jungle, 2014. Photo: Sage Sohier