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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle – Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Escondido, CA Mosaic environment She was well known in the field of contemporary art. Influenced by figures such as Jean Dubuffet and Antoni Gaudi, she made her reputation in the Sixties with a series of…

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On the sunny side of life – Sunnyslope

Sunnyslope Rock Garden – Grover Cleveland Thompson ? — 1978 Phoenix, AZ Environment with rocks “I don’t think his wife liked it so much.  Maybe that’s why he spent so much time out here working on it.”  That’s just a theory, but if anyone has…

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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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“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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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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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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Watts Towers in the LA Times today

EDITORIAL Don’t let the spires crumble Amid a city budget crisis, LACMA offers its help in preserving the Watts Towers. It’s a good first step. April 12, 2010 The all-too-few art patrons who have actually made the drive to South L.A. to see the Watts…

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Watts Tower Art Center closure!

In 2009 the Watts Towers Arts Center celebrated “50 years of inspiring art.” Today it is being dismantled. Unthinkable? All Watts Towers Art Center classes have been canceled. The Educational Coordinator/Art Instructor has been laid off. 6,000 youth are out of classes. The Watts Towers…

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Powerful video about mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar

“In a Dream” by his son Jeremiah Zagar…winner of SXSW 2008 Emerging Visions Audience Winner.   (click here to see a longer trailer)   (click here for more information) (see the trailer:) Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000…

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Queen Califia's Magic Circle

Niki de Saint Phalle  |  1930-2002  |  Escondido, CA Mosaic environment I am hesitant to call Niki de Saint Phalle an outsider, although she had a rich life surrounded by artists.  But she is definitely a visionary.  Tucked back in the Kit Carson Park, about…

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