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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.

100,000 cans make for one amazing castle

100,000 cans make for one amazing castle

Canos Castle – Donald “Cano” Espinoza Artist dates unknown 10th Ave. and State St Antonito, CO Found material environment Built: 1980 – current Entirely made of recycled materials, with more than 100,000 beer and soda cans, hubcaps, screen doors, wooden windows, bicycle reflectors and more,…

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In Washington DC, a throne …

In Washington DC, a throne …

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly – James Hampton 1909-1964 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, DC 202 633-7970 Folk Art Exhibit “Where there is no vision, the people perish”  — Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) posted on the wall…

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Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings”

Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings”

Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings” Artists dates unknown 14100 South AR Hwy 265 West Fork, AR 479-846-3197 Sculptures Private property – visible from the street Harold is one of those guys who apparently can’t sit still. There’s no single big centerpiece at his place, just a couple…

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Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

Windmill environment in Wyoming, with ties to Christo

Buryville – Mel Gould Artist dates unknown 3558 I-80 Service Cheyenne, WY 307-632-6160 Windmill environment Private property – visible from the street We were driving along, early-ish one summer morning, chatting away, when I spotted the windmill. Immediately, I sought the next exit and told…

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Lacey’s Castle, a father’s tribute

Lacey’s Castle, a father’s tribute

Lacey’s Castle – Shelby Ravellette 1954- 11113 Cricket Cut Off Rd Omaha, AR 870-426-4330 Website Environment with rocks In the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, stone mason Shelby Ravellette spends much of his time laying rocks. Some are small, some need a front-loader to move.  Many have…

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Peacocks and rocks – Petersen Rock Gardens

Peacocks and rocks – Petersen Rock Gardens

Petersen Rock Gardens – Rasmus Petersen 1883 — 1952 7930 SW 77th Street Redmond, OR 541-382-5574 Environment with rocks Built: 1935 – 1952 Open to the public Castles and bridges, malachite and thundereggs, ponds and peacocks. This is one of the most underrated folk art…

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Truckin’ for Jesus – Robert Wells’ weighty welded wonders

Truckin’ for Jesus – Robert Wells’ weighty welded wonders

Robert Wells Artist dates unknown 8511 Highway 71 S Grannis, AR 870-385-7279 Welded environment The word of God is spelled out alongside the road in some pretty amazing sculptures, all using giant links of chain. Big, heavy stuff that carries the Lord’s message “literally and…

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“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

“You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Fred Smith

Wisconsin Concrete Park – Fred Smith 1886-1976 N8236 State Highway 13 Phillips, WI 715-339-6475 Website Concrete environment Built: 1948 – 1964 “It has to be in the man.  You almost have to be gifted to do what I’ve done” — Grassroots Art Center exhibit, Lucas…

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a mosaic paradise

Niki de Saint Phalle 1930–2002 Iris Sankey Arboretum in Kit Carson Park N Mary Escondido, CA 760-839-4331 Website Mosaic environment She was well known in the field of contemporary art. Influenced by figures such as Jean Dubuffet and Antoni Gaudi, she made her reputation in…

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Easter Island on the Hudson

Easter Island on the Hudson

Ted Ludwiczak 1926 — 14 Riverside Ave Haverstraw, NY 845-429-8705 Sculpture (stone) Private property  –  Visible from the street Right there on the banks of the Hudson, where the river is at its widest, Ted Ludwiczak makes his heads. They’re like friends to him, he…

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