Victor Moore

(American, born 1926, died 2013)

Late Eastern Washington artist Victor Moore created artworks characterized by their resourcefulness, craftsmanship, imagination, and humor. He is most known for his carved-wood, politically-charged whirligigs, as well as for his "Junk Castle" west of Pullman.

Moore taught art at Pullman High School for over twenty years until 1979, and he also taught at Columbia Basin College in Kennewick, South Central Washington, in the late 1990s. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University in Ellensburg and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington State University in Pullman.

Moore's "Junk Castle" was built as his Master of Fine Arts thesis project in 1970, for $500 out of salvaged materials such as: auto-body parts, reclaimed sheet metal, home appliance parts, car and washing machine windows, bedframes, and much, much more.