24 hour church of elvis
Way back in the year 2000 — just after eating 237 boxes of Weetabix to help scrub my interior of the last grim remnants of Y2K hysteria — I took a trip up to Portland, Oregon, and visited the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, founded by artist Stephanie Pierce. The shots you see here were taken at the third iteration of the Church, which manifested itself on the second floor of 720 SW Ankeny St. The original site apparently had a coin-operated fortune-telling machine accessible from the sidewalk, while the second location featured several automated coin-operated exhibits. A fourth site, which I’m pretty sure is the site featured in the video below, was opened between 2008 and 2013, but was finally closed due to lack of funds to pay for rent. The Church is now only available on line.
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