Luna Parc

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Luna Parc
LocationSandyston Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates41°15′8.316″N 74°47′16.62″W / 41.25231000°N 74.7879500°W / 41.25231000; -74.7879500
FounderRichard Boscarino
DesignerRichard Boscarino
EtymologyRome park by same name[1][2][3]
Operated byThe Luna Parc Atelier Foundation Inc
OpenDuring semi-annual Open House
Location of Luna Parc

Luna Parc is the semi-private museum, atelier, and private home of 21st century American multimedia artist Richard "Ricky" Boscarino[4][5][6] located in Sandyston Township, New Jersey, United States. Twice a year, the museum and atelier are opened to the public for a three weekday Open House.[7][4][3][8][9]


Luna Parc comprises multiple buildings[3][10] and outdoor art pieces[11][12][13] set in a 8.5-acre[14][15] densely-wooded landscape.[2] These structures are built from metal, clay, glass,[16][2] wood, rock,[6] ceramic, cement,[17][18] and ferro-cement.[19] They are designed in a whimsical[20][15][3][16][21] architectural style, featuring vivid colors,[11][3][22][2] curving surfaces,[11][5] detailed mosaic tiling,[4][11][5] and incorporating unusual objects such as bowling balls[23][9] and license plates.[23][24]

The fantastical outdoor appearance of Luna Parc resembles Gaudí's Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain, and the Hundertwasser House in Vienna, Austria, because Boscarino drew inspiration from both these European sites.[20][19][2][16]

The main building is a 5,000 square foot residential house.[15] The interior of this house is a cabinet of curiosities exhibiting thousands of artifacts[4][2][3] ranging from the exotic (e.g., Tibetan yak leather pouch) to the absurd (human fallopian tubes floating in a glass vessel).[23][11][21][12][13][6][25] Also on display inside are Boscarino's individual works of art such as his oil paintings[26][16] and articulated metallic insect jewelry.[27][28][18][22]


Luna Parc is run under the oversight of The Luna Parc Atelier Foundation Inc.[17] The Foundation is a not-for-profit entity registered under U.S. IRC as a 501(c)(3) organization[17][29] that serves as an art colony and is chartered to teach and provide hands-on training to aspiring artists and apprentice workers.[30] Much of the training takes place on the grounds of Luna Parc.[4][9]

Critical reception[edit]

Mark Sceurman, co-creator and publisher of History Channel's reality television series Weird U.S., described Luna Parc in 2014 as "Of all the places we've seen, I think this is the strangest".[23]


  1. ^ Maniaci, Paul (August 15, 2006). "Sculpting with Ricky Boscarino". Paul Lives Here. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hamilton, William L. (June 26, 2003). "Paradise Regrouted". The New York Times archive. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Genovese, Peter (Sep 19, 2013). "Hidden Jersey: The psychedelic Luna Parc". Advance Local New Jersey. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e (June 3, 2018). Hidden Jersey: Artist's home is magical wonderland. Retrieved May 8, 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ a b c "Life in a Funhouse, Spaceship and more!". HGTV's Home Strange Home. Season 1. Jan 15, 2007. Event occurs at Luna Parc segment. HGTV. Retrieved May 9, 2019 – via HGTV.
  6. ^ a b c Dickson, Laurie (2003). Artists' Interiors: Creative Spaces, Inspired Living. Rockport Publishers. pp. 88–93. ISBN 9781564969521. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Luna Parc". Luna Parc. May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Hamilton, William L. (November 2, 2003). "Artist's studio is a confection in the woods". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Moen, Katie (October 25, 2016). "Luna Parc inspiring next generation of artists". New Jersey Herald. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ricky Boscarino". NJ Skylands. 41 Decatur Street, Columbia, NJ, USA 07832: Guest Services, Inc. September 16, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e Mobile Instinct (March 14, 2017). Magic house in the woods. Retrieved May 8, 2019 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ a b New Jersey Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Augusta, Georgia: Morris Communications division Globe Pequot Press. June 18, 2007. ISBN 9780762741120. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Genovese, Peter (Sep 28, 2015). "Magic castle: Journey inside N.J.'s most madcap home (PHOTOS)". Advance Local New Jersey. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Luna Parc: Psychedelic Wonderland in the Woods". Weird NJ. June 17, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c "Luna Parc, Three Decades of a Grand Work in Progress with Ricky Boscarino". Society of American Mosaic Artists. April 27, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d Sacco, Stephen (November 20, 2010). "Eclectic house in New Jersey a living work of art". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  17. ^ a b c "About Luna Parc". Luna Parc. October 18, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Christie, Les (May 11, 2012). "Unique home in the Jersey woods". CNN Money. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Bolder Talks – Ricky Boscarino the Mastermind behind the psychedelic wonderland Luna Parc". Safety Harbor Art & Music Center (SHAMc). Safety Harbor, Florida. January 19, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Luna Parc: Whimsical artist house in the New Jersey woods". Atlas Obscura. March 22, 2003. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Koennemann, Kristen (March 6, 2016). "There's No House In The World Like This One In New Jersey". Only In Your State. Leaf Group. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Ricky Boscarino / Luna Parc – Jewelry / Gold & Silver". Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Maryland. August 27, 2002. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d Weird NJ (October 18, 2014). Take a video tour of Luna Parc in Montague with Weird NJ and the home's creator, Ricky. Retrieved May 8, 2019 – via Facebook.
  24. ^ Parker, Melody (July 6, 2015). "Alchemist at work: Artist Ricky of Luna Park offers unconventional perspective on ceramics". The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  25. ^ The Learning Channel (July 2, 2012). Four Houses: Ricky's Science Center. Retrieved May 14, 2019 – via YouTube.
  26. ^ "Paintings". Luna Parc. February 2, 2002. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  27. ^ "Insects and Arthropods". Luna Parc. February 2, 2002. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  28. ^ "The Art of Crafts". The New York Times. July 12, 1998. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  29. ^ "Search Results – Luna Parc Atelier Foundation Inc EIN 47-3405829". Internal Revenue Service. December 31, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  30. ^ "Our Mission and Vision". Luna Parc Atelier Foundation Inc. December 21, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2019.

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