the petersen rock gardens

artist: rasmus petersen (1883 - 1952)
built: 1935 - 1952
where: 7930 sw 77th street, off u.s. 97, southwest of redmond, oregon
status: open to the public; call (541) 382-5574 for tour info
petersen rock gardens web info

Castles & bridges, malachite & thundereggs, ponds & peacocks. This is one of the most underrated folk art environments in America. The constructions are sophisticated, the landscaping is incredible, and the site has been well maintained by the family. It's only a little bit hard to find; just look for the patch of bright blue Oregon sky above. (And don't miss the fluorescent rock display in the museum.)

summer 2002 visit

















all photos copyright Lawrence Harris



vintage postcard



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