Staff, 2022-10-13 07:38:52,
Globetrotter is a store without much of a sign at 300 Richmond Ave. in Point Pleasant. It’s one I’ve passed again and again along the ramp to the beach, and assumed it only sold landscaping décor, like the giant pots and stoneware figures displayed outside.
Luckily, my parents — avid landscape décor enthusiasts — peeked inside recently, and my dad was so blown away that he brought me to Globetrotter to see it with my own eyes. After making quite the first impression driving down the one-way street adjacent to the store, he introduced me to Dean Fengya, owner and artist.
A fellow traveler and New Jersey native, I returned to interview Dean, who’s backpacked for the past 45 years to more than 100 countries. I was curious about his inspiration for the store’s mind-boggling assembly of objects and how he hopes to inspire others with his creative collection.
Jersey’s Best: Tell me a little bit about the store for those who have never been here.
Dean Fengya: I am a conceptual artist. So, while this is a retail store, it is an art installation and a piece of conceptual artwork. A lot of (conceptual art) is based on theories and ideas. I chose to do something that didn’t have much of a planogram or model, but I had an idea; a singular…
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