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Trabajo rustico masterpiece in Arkansas was featured in Gone with the Wind

Old Mill Park – Dionicio Rodriguez c. 1891-1955 North Little Rock, AR Trabajo rustico The Old Mill in the five-acre T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) contains the work of noted Mexican sculptor Dionicio Rodriguez, who perfected the folk art…

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Ave Maria Grotto – Small buildings make a big impact

Ave Maria Grotto – Joseph Zoetl 1878 — 1961 Cullman, AL Religious/spiritual environment Built: 1932 – 1958 At the age of 13, Joseph Zoettl, almost died of the flu that swept Europe.  A year later, when candidates for the St. Bernard Abbey were sought, he…

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All that we love deeply becomes a part of us — Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner

Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner May 23, 1943 — December 1, 2013 Houston, TX Folk Art Environment Built: 2003-present A green oasis beckons amid rows of ramshackle houses in the Third Ward, near the University of Houston campus. Cleveland Turner’s gaily painted house peeps out from beneath…

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Always God, Always Coca Cola — Missionary Mary Proctor

“Missionary” Mary Proctor June 11, 1960 — Tallahassee, FL Paintings, sculptures and environment Already suffering from health problems, Mary Proctor’s depression became more pronounced after losing her beloved grandmother, aunt, and uncle in a tragic house fire. She was running an odds-and-ends store in rural…

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"I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time." – Grandma Prisbrey

Bottle Village – Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey 1896 — 1988 Simi Valley, CA Bottle environment Built: 1956 – 1972 “I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time.” In 1956 at the age of 61, Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey…

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Dr. Charles Smith’s African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives

709 E. Louisiana Ave Hammond, LA Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 2000, when heading to New Orleans for his home in Aurora, IL, Vietnam veteran Dr. Charles Smith stopped in Hammond, LA for a meal. He discovered a…

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Despair at Margaret’s Grocery’s disrepair

March 2013: April 2007: Margaret’s Grocery Rev. Hermon Dennis— March 25, 1916 — September 6, 2011 Margaret Dennis— February 8, 1916 — October 7, 2009 Vicksburg, MS Folk art environment Things at Margaret’s have changed dramatically since the passing of Reverend Dennis and his wife,…

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Magical mosaic in the New Jersey woodlands — Luna Parc

Luna Parc – Ricky “King Ricky” Boscarino Artist dates unknown Montague, NJ Mosiac environment Built: 1989 – current Private property Since 1989, when Ricky Boscarino stumbled upon the cabin in the woods and began transforming it into Luna Parc, it has been a massive work…

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The Amazing Eliphante

Eliphante – Mike Kahn and Leda Livant Dates unknown Cornville, AZ Sculptural and  environment Built: 1980’s-present Located south of Sedona, near the town of Cornville, Arizona, Eliphante is a mesmerizing sculptural and architectural environment created over the past 20 years by artists Mike Kahn and…

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Totem Pole Park – must-see attraction just off of Route 66

Totem Pole Park – Ed Galloway Hwy 28A Foyil, OK 918-342-9149 Website Sculpture environment In the 1920s and 1930s, Ed taught industrial arts at a nearby state school. But by 1937, in his off-hours, using a lot of concrete and even more ingenuity, he built…

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