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self-taught / vernacular / visionary / folk
art environments in the united states


"That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great."
Willa Cather


Q: "Is this your vision?"
A: "It's about living and life and everything I've learned."

Kenny Hill, upon being asked to explain the meaning of his sculpture garden.



  map of u.s. art environments

  map of world art environments

  a tribute to Seymour Rosen



existing art environments

(listed by state, in alphabetical order)

  african village in america, birmingham, alabama

  ave maria grotto, cullman, alabama

  the cross garden, prattville, alabama

  dionicio rodriguez in birmingham, alabama

  eliphante, cornville, arizona

  louis lee's rock garden, phoenix, arizona

  mystery castle, phoenix, arizona

  sunnyslope rock garden, phoenix, arizona

  dionicio rodriguez in north little rock, arkansas

  bottle village, simi valley, california

  old trapper's lodge (relocated to woodland hills, california)

  salvation mountain, niland, california

  the watts towers, watts, california (+ scale model)

  bishop castle, beulah, colorado

  cano's castle, antonito, colorado

  the land of pasaquan, buena vista, georgia

  mrs. pope's museum, near cairo, georgia

  lafleur grotto, byron, illinois

  the providence home geode grotto, jasper, indiana

  the grotto of the redemption, west bend, iowa

  jolly ridge, guttenberg, iowa

  dan slaughter's sculpture park, mcgregor, iowa

  the boyer museum, belleville, kansas

  the garden of eden, lucas, kansas

  m.t. liggett's totems, mullinville, kansas

  kenny hill's sculpture garden, chauvin, louisiana

  the home of dr. charles smith, hammond, louisiana

  the UCM museum, abita springs, louisiana

  the shrine of the pines, baldwin, michigan

  ak-sar-ben garden, near aitkin, minnesota

  christiansen (itasca) rock garden, albert lea, minnesota

  molehill, sauk rapids, minnesota

  the home of werner & thekla muense, minneapolis, minnesota

  margaret's grocery, vicksburg, mississippi

  the black madonna shrine and grottos, eureka, missouri

  helen's garden, santa fe, new mexico

  dionicio rodriguez in clayton, new mexico

  tinkertown, sandia park, new mexico

  the sculpture garden of bobby valdez, las vegas, new mexico

  brown's flower shop (the future past), littleton, north carolina

  haw river crossing (the critter crossing), bynum, north carolina

  shangri-la, prospect hill, north carolina

  vollis simpson's whirligigs, lucama, north carolina

  chateau laroche, loveland, ohio

  the hartman rock garden, springfield, ohio

  "squaw rock", bentleyville, ohio

  the temple of tolerance, wapakoneta, ohio

  totem pole park, foyil, oklahoma

  the petersen rock gardens, redmond, oregon

  concrete city (relocated to columbia, south carolina)

  pearl fryar's topiary garden, bishopville, south carolina

  dionicio rodriguez's crystal shrine grotto, memphis, tennessee

  the mindfield, brownsville, tennessee

  e.t. wickham stone park, palmyra, tennessee

  the beer can house, houston, texas

  casa de azucar, el paso, texas

  cascada de piedra pinta, san angelo, texas

  the cathedral of junk, austin, texas

  "the decoupage house", galveston, texas

  the flower man's house, houston, texas

  sam mirelez's birdhouse yard, san antonio, texas

  the orange show, houston, texas (+ the art car parade)

  dionicio rodriguez in san antonio, texas

  smut putt heaven, austin, texas

  the "word of god" house, houston, texas

  the forevertron, baraboo, wisconsin

  grandview, hollandale, wisconsin

  holy ghost grotto, dickeyville, wisconsin

  the art of carl peterson (relocated to sheboygan, wisconsin)

  prairie moon garden, cochrane, wisconsin

  the rudolph grotto and wonder cave, rudolph, wisconsin

  tellen woodland sculpture garden, sheboygan, wisconsin

  wegner grotto, cataract, wisconsin

  wisconsin concrete park, phillips, wisconsin



links to more existing
art environments


(listed by state, in alphabetical order)



Tom Hendrix's Te-lah-nay's Wall, Lauderdale County, Alabama


Lacey Michele's Castle, Omaha, Arkansas


Nitt Witt Ridge, Cambria, California


Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Desert Hot Springs, California


The Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, California


Desert View Tower and Boulder Park, Jacumba, California


the sculptures of Noah Purifoy, Joshua Tree, California


George Ehling's Mosaic Tile House, Los Angeles, California


The Bottle Chapel at Tio's Taco's, Riverside, California


Granny's Empire of Art (AKA Granny's Cottage / Granny's Grannyboot), San Francisco, California


Holyland USA, Waterbury, Connecticut


The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly, Washington, D.C.


Coral Castle, Homestead, Florida


Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, Pennville, Georgia


Our Lady of Sorrows Grotto, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


the rock wall at the Porter House Museum, Decorah, Iowa


the statues of Fred Reinders, Hospers, Iowa


Charles Gillam's Folk Art Zone, New Orleans, Louisiana


Three Sisters Garden, Goshen, Massachusetts


The Paper House, Rockport, Massachusetts


The Legs Inn, Cross Village, Michigan


The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, Michigan


Silvio's Italian-American Museum and Pizzaria, Detroit (Redford), Michigan


Kaleva Bottle House, Kaleva, Michigan


H.P. Pedersen's Filling Station & Scenic Rock Garden, Arco, Minnesota


Pathways Through the Bible, Joliet, Montanta


Rolling Thunder Park, Imlay, Nevada


The Shaffer Hotel, Mountainair, New Mexico


Veronica Terrillion's Sculpture Garden, Indian River, New York


Isaiah Robertson's house, Niagara Falls, New York


Harvey Fite's Opus 40, Saugerties, New York


Petrified Wood Park, Lemmon, South Dakota


Millennium Manor, Alcoa, Tennessee


The Minister's Treehouse, Crossville, Tennessee


the totems of Felix "Fox" Harris on display at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas


Gilgal Sculpture Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah


permanent exhibit on Anderson Johnson's art & home, Newport News, Virginia


Gehrke Windmill Garden, Electric City, Washington


Dick and Jane's Spot, Ellensburg, Washington


Walker Rock Garden, Seattle, Washington


Wouterina's Garden, Beldenville, Wisconsin


The Painted Forest, Valton, Wisconsin




in memoriam:
art environments
no longer extant


(listed by state, in alphabetical order)

  the shell fence, st. petersburg, florida

  the african-american heritage museum, aurora, illinois

  germantown backyard, louisville, kentucky

  everhart maupin's house, lexington, kentucky

  in-curiosity, aberdeen, mississippi

  casa de colores, las vegas, new mexico

  studio gallery and sculpture garden, chamisal, new mexico

  tattoo tammy's tiny town, madrid / cerrillos, new mexico

  the totem tree, cayuga county, new york

  the (toledo) garden of eden, toledo, ohio

  powers rock garden, chamberlain, south dakota

  eliseo alvarado's yard, san antonio, texas

  the eye of the world, beaumont, texas

  the fan man's third world, houston, texas

  richard gilliam's house, san antonio, texas

  australia glenn's house, dallas, texas

  the hyde park miniature museum, houston, texas

  ray's ornamental gardens, stephenville, texas

  village of travel memories in miniature, san antonio, texas

  richart's ruins (the art yard), centralia, washington

  paul hefti's yard, la crosse, wisconsin

  st. stanislaus rock garden, berlin, wisconsin




links to more
art environments
no longer extant


(listed by state, in alphabetical order)



Gus Brethauer's Garden (Somewhere Over the Rainbow), Phoenix, Arizona (MAY NO LONGER BE EXTANT)


Jerry Hall's World of Imagination, Tucson, Arizona (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Capidro, Palo Alto, California (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Sanford Darling's House of 1,000 Paintings, Santa Barbara, California (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Dilmus Hall's "Devil's Drinking Party Yard Show", Athens, Georgia (NO LONGER EXTANT)


The Sculpture Yard of Ed Root, Wilson, Kansas (NO LONGER EXTANT / sculptures relocated to the Grassroots Arts Center in Lucas, Kansas)


Henry Dorsey's The Attraction, Brownsboro, Kentucky (NO LONGER EXTANT)


L.V. Hull's House, Kosciusko, Mississippi (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Larry Baggert's Trail of Tears, near Rolla, Missouri (IN DISREPAIR)


Kea Tawana's Ark, Newark, New Jersey (NO LONGER EXTANT)


The sculptures of Placido Tobasso, Utica, New York (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Clarence Schmidt's House of Mirrors, Woodstock, New York (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Winter Zero Swartsel's Bottle Farm, Farmersville, Ohio (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Baughman Park, near Frazeysburg, Ohio (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Loren Finch's El Fincho Rancho, Agate Beach, Oregon (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Ida Kingsbury's House, Pasadena, Texas (NO LONGER EXTANT / sculptures relocated to the Grassroots Arts Center in Lucas, Kansas)


The Rainbow House, Vancouver, Washington (NO LONGER EXTANT)


Mollie Jenson's Zoo and Museum, River Falls, Wisconsin (NO LONGER EXTANT)




other visionary artists
and art environments



  a tribute to Mr. Imagination


  the art & architecture of charlie stagg, vidor, texas

  the biblical monuments of donald keeney, san angelo, texas

  cadillac ranch, amarillo, texas

  the art of shawn corbett

  isaiah zagar's magic gardens, philadelphia, pennsylvania

  las pozas, xilitla, mexico

  the art of tammy jean lange (tattoo tammy)

  the tile house, albuquerque, new mexico

  the art of ras wayne vicks

all photos copyright Lawrence Harris except for
Gene Hochhalter's photos of The Boyer Gallery





so much more
can be found here:




Detour Art

a project of Ms. Kelly Ludwig, The Queen o' Design from the great City o' Kansas



SPACES

Seymour Rosen's ground-breaking art environment preservation and awareness organization



Minnesota Museum of the Mississippi
and Other Natural Wonders


Matt Bergstrom's phenomenal virtual museum of "curious natural and man-made phenomena"



Fred Scruton Photography

stunning photographs documenting visionary art environments and folk artists



The Kohler Foundation

a private Wisconsin-based organization dedicated to education, the arts,
and the preservation of vernacular art environments






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