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Howard’s Tools Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

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Howard’s Tools Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

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Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001


ca. 1981


Concrete embedded with metal, glass, mirrors, nails, and wire

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3 3/4 x 40 3/4 x 48 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407


Concrete pathways embellished with inlaid patterns of broken mirrors, shimmering glass, tile, jewelry, and found objects wound throughout Paradise Garden. This section of sidewalk contains the tools Finster used when he worked as a bicycle repairman. As he recounted, “When I found out for sure that God called me to do sacred art, I molded my tools in the walkway as evidence.” The sidewalk itself declares, “HOWARD’S TOOLS AFTER JOINING ARTIST WORLD DISCARDED TOOLS.”


Purchase with funds from the Cousins Foundation, Inc. and donors to the Paradise Project Campaign