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Yard shows

Yard shows

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Environments that animate a residential yard, often taking it over completely, often using found materials, such as Paul Hefti’s yard, or homemade elements such as Romano Gabriel’s environment.



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Architectural Inventions

Architectural Inventions

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Environments centered around or including original, inventive  architectural forms, structures, or buildings, or works that embody and express architectural principles.  Karl Junker’s Junkerhaus, S.P. Dinsmoor’s Cabin Home, St. Eom’s Pasaquan, and Grandma Prsibrey’s Bottle Village, or Kea Tawana’s Ark are some examples.

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Homes fully transformed

Homes fully transformed

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Conventional dwellings whose exteriors are completely ornamented or otherwise aesthetically engaged so they are no longer recognizable as conventional houses. The Beer Can House and Malda Reda Larsen’s house are examples.



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Engaged interior spaces

Engaged interior spaces

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House interiors or other inside places that are completely transformed by ornament, collections, or creations. Loy Bolin’s Holy Jewel Home and Emery Blagdon’s Healing Machine are examples.

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Spatial narratives

Spatial narratives

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Environments in which stories or multiple histories are unfolded by moving through the space or landscape. Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park, S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden, and Joe Minter’s African Village in America are examples.



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Grottos, religious, spiritual, devotional, mystical environments

Grottos, religious, spiritual, devotional, mystical environments

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Places made by priests or laypeople, on church or temple grounds, parks, or residential properties, created for religious or spiritual reflection, devotional practices, or places that encourage or induce spiritual or mystical experiences. Emery Bladgon’s Healing Machine, the Grotto of the Redemption, St. Eom’s Pasaquan, and the Paul and Matilda Wegner Grotto are some examples.



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Gardens

Gardens

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Environments that are inseparable from their landscapes, be they plantings (trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses), rocks and stones, water features and/or other landscape elements, often combined with sculptures  or structures. Nick Engelbert’s Grandview, Ellsworth Rock Garden, Pearl Fryar’s topiary garden and the Rudolph Grotto are examples.

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Monuments: historical, memorial, commemorative

Monuments: historical, memorial, commemorative

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Art environments built to represent, memorialize, or commemorate a person, place, event, or idea, such as the Watts Towers, a monument to Rodia’s ideas and imagination; the Orange Show, a monument to the orange; Joe Minter’s African Village in America and Dr. Charles Smith’s environments commemorate many events in African American history.

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Signs, messages, the written word

Signs, messages, the written word

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Art environments that tell stories or convey information through the medium of signs and/or the written word. Jesse Howard celebrated freedom of speech and PEMABO expressed ideas about peace, through sign-filled environment; other sign-filled environments are platforms for religious messages, such as Finster’s Paradise Garden or Rice’s Cross Garden.

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Fraternal: the architecture of mystery

Fraternal: the architecture of mystery

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Spaces created for fraternal ritual, adorned with symbols or references to fraternal initiation, ritual, or philosophy. Ernest Hüpeden’s Painted Forest was a fraternal lodge hall. S.P. Dinsmoor’s tomb is adorned with symbols of the Free Masonic order.

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Alive!

Alive!

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Kinetic environments, things that move, wind or machine driven sculptures or objects. Calvin and Ruby Black’s Possum Trot and Frank Oebser’s Little Program are examples.

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Figures and animals

Figures and animals

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Sites occupied by sculptures or other depictions of people and animals, birds, and other living things. Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park and Trapper John Ehn’s Old Trapper’s Lodge are examples.



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Larger-than-Life

Larger-than-Life

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Architecture or sculpture in the shape of things, big things: Dinosaur parks, giant Paul Bunyan figures, the giant Muskie at the World’s Fishing Hall of Fame, etc.

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Smaller-than-life

Smaller-than-life

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Many builders have been compelled to create miniature renditions and scale models of real and imagined places. Examples include Eaglemount Rockeries, the Ave Marie Grotto, and Shangri-La/White Rock Village

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