A Saturday in Paradise
What do you envision when you think of paradise? I always think of lush green valleys, vibrant colors, exotic birds…the warm dry heat. I envision something perfect in it’s entirety . Beautiful order with the right amount of chaos.
Well, this weekend my ideal paradise and paradise in Summerville, Georgia turned out to be a little different… You heard me right! We spent Saturday (After purchasing new tires at the most “interesting” establishment) walking Paradise Gardens.
Howard Finster was the creator of Paradise Gardens. He was a preacher turned folk artist. A man who said he received a direct vision from God to spread his work through “sacred” art. So, he embarked on his mission…a garden full of unique art and bible verses. His folk art has been featured in the Smithsonian and the High Museum of Art. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, People, etc. He was a guest on different TV shows. Howard Finster died in 2001…but his vision lives on as his gardens continue to be toured and is now being maintained by a non-profit organization. Justin and I agreed, although a very strange man with a strange concept…he definitely exposed more people to the bible then I will in a life time!
Every building was built with by his own hands. Like the chapel…with a Coca-Cola bottle.
Apparently he considered himself the modern Noah…a visitor from another planet.
See Cora making her ugly face???? Silly.
We walked through a tunnel…full of different artists work.
Our little family.
Elvis was next to some bible verses. (?)
I really loved these tin flowers.
We really enjoyed our time walking the gardens. It was an interesting experience…although I said “weird” about a hundred times I must say, the amount of time this man spent building his garden is amazing. His garden has its own unique beauty. We would have to walk them over and over again in order to see all that we missed. If you ever happen to be in Summerville, Georgia stop by Paradise Gardens. It is worth the trip!