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Artist Name:

Howard Finster

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1916–2001

Title:

NEA Statement-Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

Date:

1981

Medium:

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

Dimensions:

3 x 41 x 62 1/2 inches

Credit Line:

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

Accession Number:

1994.217

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 408
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.



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