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Creative discoveries along the back roads.

My website detour art.com is dedicated to the sheer joy of outsider, folk, visionary, self-taught, vernacular art and environment discoveries found all along the back roads (and side streets) around the world. Here are some of the highlights from the travels.

Carhenge – they eschew Druids, but love Stonehenge

Carhenge – they eschew Druids, but love Stonehenge

Carhenge is perfectly suited to the great wide open. James Reinders carefully laid it out to echo the real ‘Henge, right down to the capstones that bring in the summer solstice.

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The Land of Pasaquan, the magical visions of St EOM

The Land of Pasaquan, the magical visions of St EOM

Eddie Owens Martin led what was perhaps one of the strangest lives we’ve come across on our journeys. In the 1930s, after years of living on the streets of New York, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia.

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Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Hula Ville – Route 66 folk art attraction became a legend

Despite being a California State Landmark, this folk art environment was dismantled. Luckily, some of the pieces were saved and can be seen in the California Route 66 Museum: “Hula Ville – Twentieth Century Folk Art”.

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The Giant Bullhead of the Prairie will wake you up while traveling I-90

The Giant Bullhead of the Prairie will wake you up while traveling I-90

This jaw-dropping sculpture park is located on the the South Dakota Drift Prairie, with more than fifty industrial art sculptures. All created by Wayne Porter with scrap metal, old farm equipment, or railroad tie plates.

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Shrine of the Black Madonna

Shrine of the Black Madonna

This gorgeous garden of grottos was built to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa, who came to be known as the Black Madonna because of the way she appeared in early paintings. Brother Bronislaus Luszcz literally did all the building here, using rocks, broken glass, and castoff jewelry to add to the splendor.

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Tyree Guyton’s  Heidelberg Project – will rise from the ashes, again and again

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project – will rise from the ashes, again and again

Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project is still the best known, thanks to the millions of polka dots with which he’s blanketed his neighborhood. Trees, houses, streets and sidewalks all dotted up in a downtrodden part of town he’s determined to help heal through the power of art.

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Fantastic (and sweet) Hartman Rock Garden

Fantastic (and sweet) Hartman Rock Garden

Hartman Historical Rock Garden 1905 Russell Avenue at McCain Springfield, OH http://www.hartmanrockgarden.org Environment with rocks Recently restored by the Kohler Foundation, the Hartman Rock Garden is one of the most intriguing and revered works of in situ folk art, an outsider art phenomena where self-taught…

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Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Larry Baggett’s folk art tribute to the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears Memorial – Larry Baggett 21250 State Rt D Newburg, MO Concrete environment, Route 66 art Larry Baggett lived between Newburg and Jerome, just off I-44, along an old stretch of Route 66. “My doctor gave me three years to live, 20 years…

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The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

The Old Trapper’s Lodge at Pierce College

The Old Trapper’s Lodge – John Ehn 6201 Winnetka Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 818-347-0551 Sculpture environment John Ehn opened a motel in California in 1941, moving there from Michigan, where he had worked as a trapper. He hired a sculptor to make a huge statue…

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Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion

Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion

Tim Anderson’s Little Mansion 308 Seventh Street Roundup, MT Folk art environment, Private – visible from the street Wheels and pitchforks and sheepherders’ monuments are designed into a most unique environment. Someday Tim hopes to build an entire “Log Town.” Turns out there’s more than…

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