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A garden of goat-getting political satire – MT Liggett’s art field

Art Field – Myron “M.T.” Liggett 1930 — August 17, 2017 Mullinville, KS Sculpture environment Built: 1989-2016 “I say what I want to say, and I piss a lot of people off.” M. T. Liggett was born into a sharecropping family in tiny Mullinville, Kansas…

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The "Junk King" – Vince Hannemann

Cathedral of Junk – Vince Hannemann 4422 Lareina Drive Austin, TX (512) 299-7413 Sculpture environment By appointment only At one point in the 1990s, Vince Hanneman was in charge of the city’s recycling program. And it worked out really well, because he could bring home…

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A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas

Garden of Eden — S.P. Dinsmoor Lucas, KS Folk art environment masterpiece, Concrete Built: 1905-1927 The Garden of Eden is the oldest complete self-taught artist environment in the United States, creating a folk art epicenter in this rural Kansas town. In 2011, the Kohler Foundation…

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“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

Watts Towers – Sabatino (Simon, Sam) Rodia 1879–1965 Los Angeles, CA Mosaic environment Built: c. 1921-1954 “I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.”  – Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art and Artists, by …

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Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation in the bayous of Louisiana

Garden of Salvation – Kenny Hill 5337 Bayouside Drive Chauvin, LA 985-594-2546 Concrete environment Restored/preserved  –  Open to the public Other than the fact that Kenny Hill was a bricklayer, little is known about his life. One day in 1990, on a rented piece of…

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“Oh Lord Help Me this Day to Keep My Big Mouth Shut” — Big Al Taplet

Big Al Taplet Born 1934 Houston, TX I was just thinking those very words. And started wondering about Big Al, and how he has fared since Katrina. (Above photo of Big Al at his New Orleans home, 2004, courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations)…

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Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium of Black History

Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium 1940 — 800 E. Illinois Ave Hammond, LA 70403 Environment Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) , 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 1986, in the yard of his small home on the east side of Aurora, Dr. Charles…

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Isaiah Zagar's urban mosaic wonderland

Isaiah Zagar Artists dates unknown 1020 South Street Philadelphia, PA Mosiac environment Jawdropping good stuff everywhere you turn is how I’d describe what Isaiah’s tile work. Because there’s so much of it and it’s so damned beautiful. He’s been doing mosaics on and inside buildings…

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God is Love (and so is Leonard Knight!)

Salvation Mountain – Leonard Knight November 1, 1931 — Niland, CA Religious/spiritual Built: mid 1980s-present  “…I still like to do it my way. I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes, but let me make ‘em.” – Grassroots Art Center exhibit  “Jesus, I am a sinner….

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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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