TIKIS OF THE TROPICS …and other Torrid Tales (Saturday MAY 18TH NOON)
TIKIS OF THE TROPICS …and other Torrid Tales
Author and Tiki sage Sven Kirsten has been exploring and documenting the Tiki habitat of the Caliente Tropics Motel since before he led his first lounge tour of the premises in 1994. He will open his archive for a visual feast of the mid-century Tiki art of this flagship Motel of the Ken Kimes chain, sharing unpublished photos of the original carvings that were still plentiful in the early 90s. Visual side trips to the other Tropics Motels as well as Tiki sites in the neighborhood will complete this Tiki eye candy tour de force.
Sven Kirsten is widely acknowledged as the father of the Tiki Revival, inspired by the publication of his “Book of Tiki” in the year 2000. Since then he has published three more definitive volumes on Tiki style, bringing to light its modernism and its Hollywood aspects. He lectures and continues to write books on Tiki, advises on Tiki projects, and designs Tiki ceramics. His special Caliente Tropics symposium will last approximately one hour and be followed by a book signing with him.