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Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists
 
 
Author
John Beardsley. James Pierce, photog.
Publisher Abbeville  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780789207975
Pages/Publication Date 223/1995
Daedalus Item Code 90607
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Touring the creations of 25 visionary artists who built worlds for themselves on their land, John Beardsley explores the fiercely independent spirit and determination behind individuals like Sam Rodia, who created the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, and Howard Finster, the Baptist minister who built the found-object labyrinth christened Paradise Garden near Athens, Georgia. Seen in 180 color photographs, these gardens are often a form of preaching or persuasion—places to make public the creators' ideas about the nature of life or humanity, their spiritual vision or their physical longing, variously realized in luminous bottle villages or garishly painted temple compounds, mock castles and miniature cities or grottoes encrusted with crystalline geodes.

"It's hard to imagine a more amazing group than the people you meet in John Beardsley's book. They are so interesting I can scarcely keep them out of my dreams—visionaries who turned their visions into art on a grand scale even though they had no training in art. The sheer labor of some of these people, and their accomplishments, are unbelievable... It is the people who make this book wonderful reading."—NYTBR

 
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