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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.

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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Aztec Motel

Aztec Motel

  Phyllis Evans� |� dates unknown� |� Albuquerque, NM Embellished environment� ed |� Created 1994 Along Historic Route 66 and all of the great old neon motel signs, there is one particular motel that caught my attention…the Aztec Motel.� Not only is the signage eye-popping,…

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Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain

Leonard Knight | 1931- | Niland, CA Spiritual environment – masterpiece | Created in the mid 1980s to present All Leonard Knight wants you to know is that “God is Love.” We arrived in Calpatria the night before and checked in to our motel. It…

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Desert Tower and Boulder Park Caves

Desert Tower and Boulder Park Caves

  Bert Vaughn and M.T. Ratcliffe  |  Bert 1878–1974 &  MT 1882–1956  |  Jacumba, CA Environment with rock sculptures  |  Created 1920 to mid 1930s My Midwest upbringing didn’t prepared me for the dramatic landscapes of the southern California mountain desert.  The mountains looked like…

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Queen Califia's Magic Circle

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

Niki de Saint Phalle  |  1930-2002  |  Escondido, CA Mosaic environment I am hesitant to call Niki de Saint Phalle an outsider, although she had a rich life surrounded by artists.  But she is definitely a visionary.  Tucked back in the Kit Carson Park, about…

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Richard Margolin's Rock and Roll House

Richard Margolin's Rock and Roll House

Richard Margolin  |  dates unknown  |  Encinitas, CA Adorned home environment | Created 2001-2007 Another “believe-it-or-not-it’s-a-rental” amazing environment.  And unfortunately it was dismantled in April of 2007, making way for condos and office buildings…. Luckily, we were there 5 months before the wrecking ball.  This…

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