People around the world have contributed $17,000 — well above the $10,000 goal — to send Pittsburgh artist Randy Gilson and his partner, Mac, who has terminal cancer, on their dream vacation. The two want to see the Grand Canyon and walk along a California beach together before Mac succumbs to the disease.
The couple created Randyland, a colorful three-story house covered in murals and eclectic folk art that has become a popular Pittsburgh landmark. Gilson said most people don’t realize he and Mac built it together. The couple have been with each other for 23 years.
“We were newly lovers and all of a sudden in ’95 we got this giant building, and we came up every day and started gutting it out and cleaning it up and doing as much as we could,” Gilson said.
Gilson said many visitors don’t know the two men …