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Fountain City Rock Garden

Fountain City Rock Garden

John and Bertha Mehinger  |  dates unknown  |  Fountain City, WI Rock and concrete environment  |  1933-1935 This was one of those great moments in being lost.  After I left Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden, I remembered reading in Lisa Stone’s book, “Sacred Spaces & Other…

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Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

Herman Rusch  |  1885-1985  |  near Cochrane, WI Embellished concrete environment  |  Created 1958 – 1974 The highway along the Mississippi River winds through lush farm land and great bluffs.  Growing up in Missouri, where the Mississippi is big and muddy and the flood plains…

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Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park

Fred Smith   |  1886-1976  |  Phillips, WIEmbellished concrete environment  |  Created 1948-1964  Driving on from the Rudolph Grotto and Wonder Cave, past Colby, WI (yes, it is the home of colby cheese), it was a few hours to Phillips and the  main destination that got…

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Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave

Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave

Fr. Philip Wagner   |  1882-1959  and Edmund Rybicki  |  1916-1991  |  Rudolph, WI Grotto  |  Created 1928 through the 1950s After a thwarted attempt to find Tony’s Fan Fair in Steven’s Point (he passed away and his fan-filled yard had been completely dismantled) , it was time…

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Peg Leg's yard

Peg Leg's yard

Somewhere in Wisconsin, near Mt. Horeb Metal sculpture yard Driving along a back highway, there was a yard full of sculptures.  No one was home, and I couldn’t find an address…but had to stop the car and take a couple of photos.  Maybe they were…

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Earl Wayne Simmons

Earl Wayne Simmons

Earl Wayne Simmons  |  1956-  |  Bovina, MS Found object environment and paintings Original site 1980s – 2002.  |  New site (same location) 2002 – present As a child, Earl Wayne Simmons made his own toys from scraps of cardboard, jar lids, and bottlecaps, sometimes…

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Margaret's Grocery

Margaret's Grocery

Reverend H. D. Dennis |  1916-  |  Margaret Rogers Dennis  |  dates unknown Vicksburg, MS Embellished visionary environment  |  Created 1994 to present Sometimes you just get lucky.  I had been wanting to meet the Reverend Dennis and his wife Margaret for sometime, and now…

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McMath Sculptures

McMath Sculptures

Gordon McMath  |  unknown  |  Mountainair, NM Found object metal sculptures  |  Creation dates unknown Sometimes you find things while getting lost.  Around the corner from Pop Shaffer’s Hotel, there is a house with great found object sculptures.  No one was home.

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Shaffer Hotel & Rancho Bonito

Shaffer Hotel & Rancho Bonito

Clem “Pop” Shaffer  |  1880-unknown  |  Mountainair, NM Lodging and home environment  |  Rancho Bonito – 1937 • Shaffer Hotel – 1922 In the early 1900s, “Pop” Shaffer moved to Mountainair, New Mexico—a thriving community known as the “Pinto Bean Capitol of the World”—to work…

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The Bone Zone

The Bone Zone

Tammy Jean Lange  |  1958- |  Madrillos, NM Found object environment  |  Created 1994 to present Along the Turquoise Trail, just outside Madrid, New Mexico lurks “The Bone Zone,” the ever-evolving found object and road kill environment/miniature village by Tammy Jean Lange, also known as…

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