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NEA Statement-Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

Folk and Self-Taught Art

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NEA Statement-Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001

Date

1981

Medium

Concrete embedded with rocks, plastic, glass, marbles, ceramic and metal chain

Accession #

1994.217

Dimensions

3 x 41 x 62 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

In 1981 Finster received the first grant the National Endowment for the Arts had ever awarded to a self-taught artist. Finster used it to buy a small abandoned church at the rear of Paradise Garden and to add more embellished sidewalks throughout the Garden. The building became The World’s Folk Art Church, an archetype of Paradise Garden. In this section of sidewalk Finster celebrates the award.

Credit

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