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Grover Cleveland Thompson, Sunnyslope Rock Garden

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Visiting Information

Available for viewing the first Friday afternoon of each month; otherwise, some of it may be viewed from beyond a perimeter fence. 

About the Artist/Site

After Thompson, a heavy-equipment operator, retired and moved to this Phoenix neighborhood in 1952, he began creating a massive environment built up of rocks and concrete that he ornamented with both natural and man-made found objects. The installation, which he worked on for 22 years, had been inspired by seeing Petersen’s Rock Garden in Bend, OR., near where he used to live. At its height it included hundreds of figures, miniature buildings, windmills, and fountains, many brightly colored as a result of the shards of Fiestaware that Thompson used as inexpensive adornment.  Many of the faces of the figures were created by using old Halloween masks as molds. Purchased in 1979 and operated for twenty years by New York native Marion Blake, she gave the Garden to the University of Arizona after her retirement. It is generally available for viewing the first Friday afternoon of each month; otherwise, some of it may be viewed from beyond a perimeter fence. 

~ Jo Farb Hernández

SPACES Archive Holdings

2 folders: clippings, correspondence, images, pamphlets, petition to save

Related Documents

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Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake. 1/25/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 3/24/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 3/4/1992

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Letter to Marion Blake from Ron Gasowski, AZ State University, 5/23/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 6/10/1992

Letter to Marion Blake from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 9/14/1992

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Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 8/12/1992

Information about Vermont Studio Center for Newsletter

Memo for Marion Blake

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 7/13/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 7/20/1992

Letter to Marion Blake from Deborah Edge Abele, City of Phoenix, 7/14/1992

Letter to Paul Johnson, City of Phoenix from Marion Blake, 7/10/1992

Letter to Deborah Abele, AZ Office of Historic Preservation from Marion Blake, 7/17/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 7/31/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 10/9/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 12/8/1992

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 2/16/1993

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Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 4/19/1993

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 1/15/1994

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 12/23/1993

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 1/3/1993

Letter to Sunnyslope Rock Garden, 3/26/1994

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 3/10/1994

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 3/27/1994

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 7/24/1994

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 11/26/1994

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Marion Blake, 7/10/1995

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Letter to Donna Schober, AZ State Parks from SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs

 

 

 

 

 

Map and site information

10023 N 13th Pl
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Latitude/Longitude: 33.577563 / -112.053019

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Available for viewing the first Friday afternoon of each month; otherwise, some of it may be viewed from beyond a perimeter fence. 

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