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    Artist Name:

    Howard Finster

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1916–2001


    Howard's Tools Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden


    ca. 1981


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


    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:


    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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