The Geode Grotto

amy rich geodde grottoAmy took so many good pictures of the amazing geode grotto. Here is her post of them…

Squirrels and Tomatoes

While Jane and I were in Jasper for our art show, we took the opportunity to appreciate a wonderfully odd but beautiful outsider art environment there. It was like old times on our epic Grand Canyon Project, but closer to home. I’d read about it in travel guides describing Indiana’s odder sights, but hadn’t anticipated how large and really cool it would be. You can read a pretty in-depth history of the Geode Grotto here.

If you want to find it, it’s in Jasper, Indiana back behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

St. Joseph's Church

Go past the cemetery and around the corner and you’ll be greeted by saints. The scale was impressive and difficult to capture with a camera.

the saints

After the saints, you walked a path lined with smaller shrines. Each was on its own intricate geode pillar decorated with seashells and Indiana geodes of impressive size.

Station of the cross

The geodes were impressive…

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Bundles of Art

Bundles of Art.

Click on above link to see Amy Rich’s experiment with the idea. “I found a fragment of brick in my garden and wrapped it in fabric scraps and paper, some with a brief reflection about the brick written on them. The brick is a reminder of structures that were part of my backyard when the house was built more than 100 years ago. I tied the bundle to the magnolia tree in my yard. ” Amy Rich

Amy often inspires me to think of adeas in a new way.

yard art

My good friend and fellow – sweet trash artist snuck into my backyard. snapped pictures and wrote about it in here entry on neighborhood art. I am reposting it here today. :O)

when life gives you…emptied beer bottle in the lot next door you make…

Squirrels and Tomatoes

There’s a lot of art in my neighborhood. Some is easy to find, but some of my favorites are in surprising locations. Take the giant dragonfly on Washington Avenue, for instance.

What? You’ve never seen it? Me either until I started talking to a couple who were harvesting produce in Patchwork’s garden. They told me they live in the house with the giant dragonfly on the tree out front. I didn’t remember ever seeing it, but the next day I looked and there it was–a giant dragonfly on a tree!

How could I have missed it? Pretty cool!

There’s also the sculpture garden next to Billy and Tom’s house that I’ve written about before and all of the great art around Patchwork including a new “Driftwood Orb” created by kids this summer during our sculpture weeks. It’s in Patchwork’s little side park and looks great in the natural setting.

Then…

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