self-taught / 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

african village in america, birmingham, alabama

ave maria grotto, cullman, alabama

the beer can house, houston, texas

bishop castle, beulah, colorado

the black madonna shrine and grottos, eureka, missouri

bottle village, simi valley, california

the boyer museum, belleville, kansas

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

cano's castle, antonito, colorado

casa de azucar, el paso, texas

cascada de piedra pinta, san angelo, texas

the cathedral of junk, austin, texas

chateau laroche, loveland, ohio

christiansen (itasca) rock garden, albert lea, minnesota

concrete city (relocated to columbia, south carolina)

the cross garden, prattville, alabama

"the decoupage house", galveston, texas

eliphante, cornville, arizona

the eye of the world, beaumont, texas

the flower man's house, houston, texas

the forevertron, baraboo, wisconsin

pearl fryar's topiary garden, bishopville, south carolina

the garden of eden, lucas, kansas

grandview, hollandale, wisconsin

the grotto of the redemption, west bend, iowa

the hartman rock garden, springfield, ohio

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

helen's garden, santa fe, new mexico

kenny hill's sculpture garden, chauvin, louisiana

holy ghost grotto, dickeyville, wisconsin

jolly ridge, guttenberg, iowa

lafleur grotto, byron, illinois

louis lee's rock garden, phoenix, arizona

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

margaret's grocery, vicksburg, mississippi

the mindfield, brownsville, tennessee

sam mirelez's birdhouse yard, san antonio, texas

molehill, sauk rapids, minnesota

the home of werner & thekla muense, minneapolis, minnesota

mystery castle, phoenix, arizona

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

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

the land of pasaquan, buena vista, georgia

the petersen rock gardens, redmond, oregon

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

mrs. pope's museum, near cairo, georgia

prairie moon garden, cochrane, wisconsin

the providence home geode grotto, jasper, indiana

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

dionicio rodriguez in birmingham, alabama

dionicio rodriguez in clayton, new mexico

dionicio rodriguez's crystal shrine grotto, memphis, tennessee

dionicio rodriguez in san antonio, texas

salvation mountain, niland, california

shangri-la, prospect hill, north carolina

vollis simpson's whirligigs, lucama, north carolina

dan slaughter's sculpture park, mcgregor, iowa

the home of dr. charles smith, hammond, louisiana

smut putt heaven, austin, texas

sunnyslope rock garden, phoenix, arizona

tellen woodland sculpture garden, sheboygan, wisconsin

the temple of tolerance, wapakoneta, ohio

tinkertown, sandia park, new mexico

totem pole park, foyil, oklahoma

the UCM museum, abita springs, louisiana

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

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

wegner grotto, cataract, wisconsin

e.t. wickham stone park, palmyra, tennessee

wisconsin concrete park, phillips, wisconsin

the "word of god" house, houston, texas

other visionary artists
and 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

studio gallery and sculpture garden, chamisal, new mexico

the art of tammy jean lange (tattoo tammy)

the tile house, albuquerque, new mexico

the art of ras wayne vicks

in memoriam:
sites no longer extant

the african-american heritage museum, aurora, illinois

eliseo alvarado's yard, san antonio, texas

casa de colores, las vegas, new mexico

the fan man's third world, houston, texas

germantown backyard, louisville, kentucky

richard gilliam's house, san antonio, texas

paul hefti's yard, la crosse, wisconsin

the hyde park miniature museum, houston, texas

in-curiosity, aberdeen, mississippi

everhart maupin's house, lexington, kentucky

ray's ornamental gardens, stephenville, texas

the shell fence, st. petersburg, florida

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

the (toledo) garden of eden, toledo, ohio

the totem tree, cayuga county, new york

village of travel memories in miniature, san antonio, texas

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)


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

The Kohler Foundation

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

Fred Scruton Photography

(Stunning photographs documenting visionary art environments and folk artists)

Links to more visionary art environments:

(listed by state, in alphabetical order)

Tom Hendrix's Wall, Lauderdale County, Alabama

Gus Brethauer's Garden (Somewhere Over the Rainbow), Phoenix, Arizona

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

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

Capidro, Palo Alto, California (NO LONGER EXTANT)

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

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

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

Coral Castle, Homestead, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pathways Through the Bible, Joliet, Montanta

Rolling Thunder Park, Imlay, Nevada

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

The Shaffer Hotel, Mountainair, New Mexico

Roy Smith, Questa, New Mexico

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

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

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

Henry Church's "Squaw Rock", Chagrin Falls, Ohio

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)

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

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

Gigal Sculpture Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah

Gehrke Windmill Garden, Electric City, Washington

Dick and Jane's Spot, Ellensburg, Washington

Walker Rock Garden, Seattle, Washington

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

Wouterina's Garden, Beldenville, Wisconsin

The Rudolph Grotto, Rudolph, Wisconsin

The Painted Forest, Valton, Wisconsin

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