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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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“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

Watts Towers – Sabatino (Simon, Sam) Rodia 1879–1965 1765 East 107th St Los Angeles, CA Mosaic environment Built: c. 1921-1954 “I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.”  – Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk…

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Kohler is restoring The Garden of Eden in Lucas, KS!

Kohler is restoring The Garden of Eden in Lucas, KS!

The Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas is undergoing a remarkable transformation. A team of art conservators, technicians and interns from Kohler Foundation, Inc. of Kohler, Wisconsin has begun cleaning and restoring the sculpture-filled environment so that they will be close to what S. P….

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viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

Casa de Colores—Casimiro “Casey” T. Marquez Home environment (interior and exterior) Las Vegas, NM “I live a happy life.” – Casey Another lucky day!  Magaret walked us over to an amazing site we had never heard of, and right around the corner from the hotel….

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Ralph Lanning, a force to be reckoned with

Ralph Lanning, a force to be reckoned with

“When I was 80, I had enough work to do for the next 10 years.  Now at 90, I have work lined up for 10 more years.  I don’t think God is going to take me before I finish.  I have work to do.”   Ralph Lanning, Republic,…

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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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