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    Artist Name:

    Howard Finster

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1916–2001

    Title:

    Howard's Tools Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

    Date:

    ca. 1981

    Medium:

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

    Dimensions:

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

    Credit Line:

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

    Accession Number:

    1994.218

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



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