Artists Marion Peck and Mark Lyden are intrigued and inspired by a growing list of very prominent fans and imitators (such as the infamous meat dress worn by Lady Gaga in her 2010 MTV video Music). He is known for his surrealist pop art works that, while inspiring, often baffle critics. The award was reportedly inspired by one of his paintings in Leiden).
What many fans may not realize is that the Peck and Leyden home in Eagle Rock is a work of art in its own right.
At least it wasn’t until earlier this month that the couple started packing up in preparation for the move. Tired of the unrelenting Southern California sun, Peck Lyden headed for the murky surroundings of the Pacific Northwest. There, the sky matches the dull hues of some of their most famous works.
Luckily, Peck and Lyden invited Curved LA to photograph the home’s eclectic splendor before it changed hands. Filled with a truly amazing array of collectibles, trinkets, sculptures, artwork, and interesting artifacts, the interior design of this home is the result of years of collecting. The couple moved in 11 years ago, but Leyden said she has spent most of her adult life collecting “junk, treasures, and small gifts.” “They inspire me in my art production,” he says.
Peck and Lyden performed shows all over the world and acquired many items during their travels, but Lyden says the most fruitful loot was at the monthly Rose Bowl flea market, where he was a student in 1984. He has been visiting frequently since 2011. at the nearby Art Center College of Design.
Leyden said rooms don’t necessarily have a theme, but motifs of connection can develop over time. That certainly seems to be the case in the bathroom, which has been turned into a bizarre monument to Abraham Lincoln. The 16th president features prominently in many of Leiden’s works, and he said he has collected images of Lincoln over the years.
“There’s something indescribable about Abraham Lincoln that makes him irresistible,” he says. In a 2014 interview hollywood reporterLeiden explains: [Lincoln’s] Because he was one of the first celebrities ever to be photographed a lot, and he has a really weird look on his face. It just sticks with you. ”
The physical structure of the house is interesting in itself. Leyden explains that the building was built in 1925 using rocks collected from the Arroyo Seco. “Our home is architecturally unique in that the stonework is more than just a superficial façade,” he says. “The actual structure is three stories of solid rock.” Appropriately, Peck and Lyden call the house “The Rock House.”
They have made many significant changes to the property over the years since they moved in. Most notably, the guesthouse extension now serves as a studio space. The spacious room is filled with books, paintings, toys, and, of course, Lincoln paraphernalia.
The backyard area has also received some updates (in case you couldn’t tell by the giant triceratops sculpture in the center). Specifically, the couple added deck space, a tiled staircase, and a spa/lap pool covered by a pergola of Leiden’s own design.
Now, the couple has begun the long process of dismantling their collection of truly unique artifacts that adorn nearly every corner of their home. They don’t intend to get rid of those things, but they rarely want to recreate the look of their current home after they move. The new location is “much more modern,” Lyden said. “We will bring all our treasures there, but everything will come together in a new way.”