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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.

Nemechek's Signs

Nemechek's Signs

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Nemechek's Sign Field

Nemechek's Sign Field

David Nemechek  |  dates unknown  |  outside of Perry, OK Sign environment  |  creation dates unknown First things first – don’t stop along the 2 lane Highway 64 to get out and take photos, the law frowns on this behavior and will ticket you.  You…

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Henry's Sculpture Hill

Henry's Sculpture Hill

Frank Jensen  |  1933 –  |  Augusta, KS Sculpture environment  |  creation dates unknown Just outside of the Flint Hills in Kansas, before you get to Wichita, there is the small town of Augusta.  Henry’s Sculpture Hill is the creation of Frank Jensen, who has…

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Folk Fest — "Detour Art" debut

Folk Fest — "Detour Art" debut

Slotin’s Folk Fest  |  Norcross (North Atlanta), GA“World’s Largest Folk Art Show” Thanks to Steve and Amy Slotin, “Detour Art” had it’s big debut at Folk Fest in North Atlanta.   Every third weekend in August, over 100 galleries, dealers and artists descend upon this northeast…

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Boyer Museum—Mechanical carvings

Boyer Museum—Mechanical carvings

Paul Boyer   |  1930-  |  Belleville, KS Mechanical sculptures   “It’s my birthday and I’ll drive if I want to…”  And so drove I did…although not that far from home. First stop (after a drive through the Flint Hills) was in Belleville, KS, the home…

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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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