Jungle Road

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 on Jungle Road, photo by Sage Sohier, 2014

Dorit Cypis records footage in the Jungle, 2014. Photo: Sage Sohier

Rauschenberg in Captiva, 1980s. Photo: Terry Van Brunt

Robert Rauschenberg by his Car

Rauschenberg returning to his studio in his Volkswagen Bug convertible after a run to the Gulf Iron and Metal Junkyard, a source of materials for his Kabal American Zephyr series, Captiva, Florida, 1982

Man on Bicycle on Jungle Road

An artist in residence rides his bike down Jungle Road, 2012. Photo: Laurie Lambrecht 

Rauschenberg Residents Collaborating on a "Jungle Dinner"

Chef-in-Residence Heather Carlucci presents a special dinner event in collaboration with Residency 18 artists, 2016. Photo courtesy of Rauschenberg Residency

Mark Poucher Buster Simpson Chair Jungle Road 2016

Site-specific work by Buster Simpson installed in 2013. Photo: Mark Poucher