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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Atlas Oscura: Concrete Park

The untrained eye married to the compulsion to create can produce the most strangely moving art. The Wisconsin Concrete Park is an outdoor museum housing 237 concrete sculptures built by the self-taught outsider artist Fred Smith. Smith was a retired lumberjack who didn't sculpt his first figure until the age of 65.

The subjects of his park, which are decorated mostly with shards of broken glass from beer bottles, are of American folklore, tradition, historical events, and nature, ranging from Native Americans, to miners, from soldiers, to woodland creatures. Smith created this concrete walk through American history unmotivated by money or fame, but built the masterwork, in his words, "...for all the American people everywhere. They need something like this."

link: Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park | Atlas Obscura


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