20 wild and wonderful bits of folk art to see at Safety Harbor’s Whimzeyland home

Artists Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda don't open their home to the public every day. But when they do, it's something to see. This Safety Harbor home (aka Whimzeyland) has been featured on HGTV's Extreme Home series, MTV's Extreme Cribs, and Facebook Watch's Most Incredible Homes. What's so special about Whimzeyland, you ask? The first thing that stands out are all the bowling balls. Then there's the art, which is everywhere, including on the ceiling. The truth is, you really have to see it for yourself. Lucky for you, you can tour for a small fee. Here are 20 things to look for while you're there — think of it as a Whimzeyland scavenger hunt.

 

This slideshow first appeared on our sister website, Creative Loafing Tampa.

Photos by Jennifer Ring https://muckrack.com/jenringwrites
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Welcome to Whimzeyland
The fantastical exterior only hints at what's on the inside.

Welcome to Whimzeyland


The fantastical exterior only hints at what's on the inside.
The Bowling Ball Art Museum
Todd and Kiaralinda love traveling and visiting folk artists where they live. They've invited many of these artists to paint a bowling ball for Whimzeyland. Over 80 artists have participated in the project, including several well-known folk artists. There are so many bowling balls at Whimzeyland now, it's been nicknamed "the bowling ball house."

The Bowling Ball Art Museum


Todd and Kiaralinda love traveling and visiting folk artists where they live. They've invited many of these artists to paint a bowling ball for Whimzeyland. Over 80 artists have participated in the project, including several well-known folk artists. There are so many bowling balls at Whimzeyland now, it's been nicknamed "the bowling ball house."
Bowling pins
You can't have a bunch of bowling balls without any bowling pins, right?

Bowling pins


You can't have a bunch of bowling balls without any bowling pins, right?
Disco balls
It's like a solar system of disco balls up in here.

Disco balls


It's like a solar system of disco balls up in here.
The Whimzeyland jesters
These Mardi Gras-style jesters frame the entrance to Whimzeyland.

The Whimzeyland jesters


These Mardi Gras-style jesters frame the entrance to Whimzeyland.
Bottle gardens
The bottle trees and bottle gardens are hard to miss at Whimzeyland, where they serve as decorative garden stakes. All you need is some rebar and an old bottle.

Bottle gardens


The bottle trees and bottle gardens are hard to miss at Whimzeyland, where they serve as decorative garden stakes. All you need is some rebar and an old bottle.
The Sultan from Aladdin
There's got to be hundreds of toys pasted on the ceiling of Todd and Kiaralinda's bathroom. It's like "Where's Waldo?"

The Sultan from Aladdin


There's got to be hundreds of toys pasted on the ceiling of Todd and Kiaralinda's bathroom. It's like "Where's Waldo?"
Folk art on the ceiling
The folk art collection here extends way beyond the artballs. Just look up.

Folk art on the ceiling


The folk art collection here extends way beyond the artballs. Just look up.
Sock Monkeys
Why not collect sock monkeys?

Sock Monkeys


Why not collect sock monkeys?
Cooties
Hey, do you guys remember Cooties?

Cooties


Hey, do you guys remember Cooties?
Artful chip and dip holders from the 1950s
It's hard to believe that these were ever meant for something as banal as holding chips and dip.

Artful chip and dip holders from the 1950s


It's hard to believe that these were ever meant for something as banal as holding chips and dip.
David Strickland's "seedless" watermelon
Ever wondered how to crack open a bowling ball? You'll have to ask David Strickland.

David Strickland's "seedless" watermelon


Ever wondered how to crack open a bowling ball? You'll have to ask David Strickland.
A sponge diver helmet
You'd be surprised what a lovely pond-side decoration a sponge diver's helmet can make.

A sponge diver helmet


You'd be surprised what a lovely pond-side decoration a sponge diver's helmet can make.
Water bottle flowers
These are a fantastic way to recycle your water bottles and decorate your garden at the same time.

Water bottle flowers


These are a fantastic way to recycle your water bottles and decorate your garden at the same time.
Crab trap buoys
Buoys are the new coastal canvas.

Crab trap buoys


Buoys are the new coastal canvas.
Driftwood garland
Traditional Christmas garland suddenly seems so boring.

Driftwood garland


Traditional Christmas garland suddenly seems so boring.
Jimmy Lee Sudduth folk art
Sudduth's work is featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but you can see some right here at Whimzeyland. He's famous for fingerpainting with mud.

Jimmy Lee Sudduth folk art


Sudduth's work is featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but you can see some right here at Whimzeyland. He's famous for fingerpainting with mud.
Mardi Gras beads
But this is a family attraction, so keep your shirts on.

Mardi Gras beads


But this is a family attraction, so keep your shirts on.
Susi McCormack's clay animals
They're like garden gnomes, but better.

Susi McCormack's clay animals


They're like garden gnomes, but better.
Tiki totems
One of many Whimzeyland references to trendy tiki culture.

Tiki totems


One of many Whimzeyland references to trendy tiki culture.
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