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Narrow Larry’s Watts Towers model is on exhibit

Never-seen-in-public architectural model of the folk art masterpiece,Watts Towers by Simon Rodia. Finally, after 15 years, “Narrow” Larry Harris’ Watts Towers model is on public view. FARFETCHED  
MAD SCIENCE, FRINGE ARCHITECTURE AND VISIONARY ENGINEERING Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh,…

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Bud Goldstone (Watts Towers engineer) dies at 89

his has been a tough few months for the folk art world, Mr. Imagination, Ronald Manolio (Eggshelland), Ronald Cooper, Rev. Dennis (Margaret’s Grocery), and now NJ “Bud” Goldstone – the engineer who fought city hall to save Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts (Los Angeles, CA)….

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Electric Pencil documentary needs funding

Five years ago, New York based artist and art dealer, Harris Diamant, discovered an extraordinary hand made album containing 283 drawings done on ledger sheets from State Lunatic Asylum No. 3, in Nevada MO. The unknown artist was given the name THE ELECTRIC PENCIL, based…

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Book "Surgeon" creates amazing art

Atlanta transplant,Brian Dettmer,uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve his masterpieces one page at a time. He never adds any artifacts to the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or any other reference books that serve as his canvas. Dettmer manipulates the pages and…

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Book “Surgeon” creates amazing art

Atlanta transplant,Brian Dettmer,uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve his masterpieces one page at a time. He never adds any artifacts to the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or any other reference books that serve as his canvas. Dettmer manipulates the pages and…

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The Electric Pencil

THE ELECTRIC PENCIL, the story of Outsider Artist James Edward Deeds Jr. Committed for Life at the tender age of 17 to Lunatic Asylum No.3, Nevada, MO in 1925. Heavily subjected to psychotropic drugs and electric shock treatment, his is a tale of the need…

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The Future Of Salvation Mountain Uncertain

The Future Of Salvation Mountain Uncertain | KPBS.org Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Photo by Angela Carone / KPBS Above: Salvation Mountain, with the moon rising. By Angela Carone The Future Of Salvation Mountain Uncertain Aired 12/20/11 The creator of a desert artwork known as Salvation Mountain has been…

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Detour Art in Park City, UT

“Iowa” by Melissa Polhamus, Virginia Beach, Va. Courtesy Collection of Kelly Ludwig Dazzling undiscovered art from America’s back roads BY GLEN WARCHOL The Salt Lake Tribune First published Sep 23 2011 05:46PM Updated Sep 23, 2011 11:20PM For many humans, making art isn’t a profession;…

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Bishop's Castle – Beulah, CO

Bishop’s Castle, a set on Flickr. Nothing can prepare yourself for the moment you see the castle. Winding roads up the mountain, a sketchy cell phone call to the folk art GPS master – Narrow Larry Harris – to be sure if we were on…

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Cano’s Castle

Cano’s Castle, a set on Flickr. Photos from my recent journeys…just now finishing up the editing. Entirely made of recycled materials, with more than 100,000 beer and soda cans, hubcaps, screen doors, wooden windows, bicycle reflectors and more, this amazing folk art environment was built…

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