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Coral Castle outsider art environment
The Coral Castle

Roadside art: 3 Vernacular Art Cars
3 Vernacular Art Cars

finartshow
Finster's incomparable garden

Bottle Cap Inn
Joe Wiser's Bottle Cap Inn in Miami was featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not, but more importantly it was a triumph of an obsessive personal vision.

Wisconsin 1K GIF
The Roadside Genius State 40K JPG
Wisconsin doesn't have a lock on visionary creations. But per square mile, the quality and number of its roadside art environments are unmatched.

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Eddie Owens Martin has all the makings of a crackpot, but his creation, Pasaquan, embodies an implausibly compelling spirituality.

Tour of environment 9K JPG
If you take the cutoff from Highway 61 into Vicksburg, Miss., and have need of 1. sundries, 2. spiritual uplift or 3. a powerful folk-art environment, stop at Margaret's Groceries. The Rev. H.D. Dennis, who has encased the country store inside and out with his sculpture and fantastic architecture, will preach you a personal sermon while his wife Margaret stands ready to meet your earthly needs.

Sin, souls hypocrites in hell 12K JPG
There are few views more stunning than the one W.C. Rice gives drivers on a back road near Prattville, Ala., northwest of Montgomery. His messages are uncompromising, his imagery frightening in its starkness.

Shaking stumps 14K JPG
E.T. Wickham's environment in northern Tennessee is mostly in ruins, but it retains a spooky eloquence.

3K JPG of garden
Pinwheels, whirlygigs and old oil bottles -- store-bought kitsch -- become a highly personal garden around a trailer on Highway 51, north of Cairo, Ill.

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