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folk art environments on the blog

  • Bottle Cactus Ranch – Elmer Long

    blog, folk art environment, road trip, West

    Even though Elmer's teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn't have much to do with the famous roadway.

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  • Melrose Plantation — home to outsider artist Clementine Hunter

    blog, folk art environment, folk artist, South

    Along the Cane River, south of Natchitoches, LA, sits the Melrose Plantation, home of folk art legend, Clementine Hunter. But it’s history is extends far beyond the boundaries of art.

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  • Underground Gardens – Baldasare Forestiere

    blog, folk art environment, road trip, West

    The genius of this place is in its adaptation to the terrain. The story began back in 1905, when Forestiere Baldasare, a Sicilian immigrant, had come westward in the early 1900s with dreams of farming success.

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  • Grotto of the Redemption

    blog, folk art environment, folk artist, Midwest

    Talk about the power of crystals! Rising out of the small town of West Bend, a part of Iowa where the landscape is seldom disturbed by anything larger than a grain silo, lies the Grotto of the Redemption.

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  • “Missionary” Mary Proctor

    blog, folk art environment, folk artist, South

    In the mid-90s she had been running a junk and odds and ends store in rural north Florida when she suddenly turned to making art.

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  • Desert View Tower and Boulder Park Caves

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    In 1920, when Bert Vaughn started work on his Desert View Tower, people motoring across the mountains that jut up out here near the Mexican border inevitably needed a place to stop and cool down.

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  • Carhenge

    blog, folk art environment, Midwest, road trip

    Carhenge is perfectly suited to the great wide open. James Reinders carefully laid it out to echo the real 'Henge, right down to the capstones that bring in the summer solstice.

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  • The Land of Pasaquan – Eddie Owens Martin (St EOM)

    blog, folk art environment, road trip, South

    Eddie Owens Martin led what was perhaps one of the strangest lives we've come across on our journeys. In the 1930s, after years of living on the streets of New York, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia.

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  • Miles Mahan’s Hula Ville

    blog, folk art environment, road trip, West

    Despite being a California State Landmark, this folk art environment was dismantled. Luckily, some of the pieces were saved and can be seen in the California Route 66 Museum: "Hula Ville - Twentieth Century Folk Art".

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  • Porter Sculpture Park – Wayne Porter

    blog, folk art environment, folk artist, Midwest, road trip

    This jaw-dropping sculpture park is located on the the South Dakota Drift Prairie, with more than fifty industrial art sculptures. All created by Wayne Porter with scrap metal, old farm equipment, or railroad tie plates.

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  • Shrine of the Black Madonna

    blog, folk art environment, Midwest, road trip

    This gorgeous garden of grottos was built to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa, who came to be known as the Black Madonna because of the way she appeared in early paintings. Brother Bronislaus Luszcz literally did all the building here, using rocks, broken glass, and castoff jewelry to add to the splendor. In one of the most fitting of conclusions, the good brother passed away on the grounds while hard at work on one last sculpture.

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  • Leonard Knight of Salvation Mountain passes away at 82

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    Oh, my heart is broken at the news of Leonard's passing. Bottom line is this, Leonard wants everybody to know that "God is love." I say Leonard was love. Some people would say it in church or a book, write it in letters or a song, maybe even paint it in a picture. Leonard built a mountain in the desert.

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  • Binford “Benny” Carter — 1943-2014

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    Benny Carter was a folk art force to be reckoned with. I will always think of him as this big, burly man with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Benny built for birds since the late 80s and his bird houses were anything but conventional. Colorful, eclectic, and judging by the nests we saw, even functional.

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  • Hartman Rock Garden

    blog, folk art environment, Northeast, road trip

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  • Larry Baggett’s tribute to the Trail of Tears

    blog, folk art environment, Midwest, road trip

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  • The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

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  • Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion

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  • Cleveland "Flower Man" Turner 1935-2013

    blog, folk art environment, folk art news, folk artist, obituary, road trip, South

    Cleveland Turner, Houston’s Flower Man, is dead By Molly Glentzer | December 2, 2013 | Updated: December 2, 2013 3:42pm Cleveland Turner, the Houston...

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  • 100,000 cans make for one amazing castle — Canos Castle

    blog, folk art environment, West

    Canos Castle – Donald “Cano” Espinoza Dates unknown Antonito, CO Found material environment 1980 – current Entirely made of recycled...

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  • Yard Show – Robert Howell

    blog, folk art environment, Northeast

    Yard Show – Robert Howell 1934 — 2004 Midlothian, Powhatan County, VA Whirligig environment Gone “After you buy it, you...

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  • Harold Bradley's "Tinkerings"

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    Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings” Unknown West Fork, AR Sculptures, private property – visible from the street Harold is one of those...

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  • Buryville – Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

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    Buryville – Mel Gould Artist dates unknown Cheyenne, WY Windmill environment Private property – visible from the street Mel has...

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  • Peacocks and rocks – Petersen Rock Gardens

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    Petersen Rock Gardens – Rasmus Petersen 1883 — 1952 Redmond, OR Environment with rocks Built: 1935 – 1952 Open to...

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  • Truckin' for Jesus – Robert Wells' weighty welded wonders

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    Robert Wells Dates unknown Grannis, AR Welded environment The word of God is spelled out alongside the road in some...

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  • “You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

    blog, folk art environment, Midwest

    Wisconsin Concrete Park – Fred Smith 1886-1976 Phillips, WI Concrete environment Built: 1948 – 1964 Open to the public “It...

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  • From sandstone tombstones to internationally-acclaimed artist — Lonnie Holley

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    Lonnie Holley February 10, 1950 – Harpersville, AL Folk art environment, sculptures, and paintings When he created sandstone tombstones for...

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  • Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

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    Queen Califia’s Magical Circle – Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Escondido, CA Mosaic environment She was well known in the...

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  • Lacey's Castle, a father's tribute – Shelby Ravellette

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    Lacey’s Castle – Shelby Ravellette 1954- Omaha, AR Environment with rocks In the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, stone mason Shelby Ravellette...

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  • Quigley’s Castle – An Arkansas folk art environment built to last

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    Quigley’s Castle – Elise Quigley 1910-1984 Eureka Springs, AR Environment with rocks My grandmother’s maiden name was Elise Fiovanti.  She...

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  • On the sunny side of life – Sunnyslope

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    Sunnyslope Rock Garden – Grover Cleveland Thompson ? — 1978 Phoenix, AZ Environment with rocks “I don’t think his wife...

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