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Författare: Timothy Beal.
In the summer of 2002, Timothy K. Beal loaded his family into a twenty-nine-foot-long motor home and hit the rural highways of America in search of roadside religious attractions-sites like the World’s Largest Ten Commandments and Precious Moments Chapel. "Roadside Religion" tells of his attempts to understand the meaning of these places as expressions of religious imagination and experience, and to encounter faith in all its awesome absurdity.
To learn more about photo and article reprints for personal use, please visit store. American artist and Baptist minister from Georgia. Finster was born at Valley Head, Alabama, to Samuel and Lula Finster, and lived on the family farm as one of 13 children. He attended school from age six into the sixth grade.
He said he had his first vision at the age of three years, when he saw his recently deceased sister Abbie Rose walking down out of the sky wearing a white gown. She told him, „Howard, you’re gonna be a man of visions. He became „born again“ at a Baptist revival at the age of 13 and began to preach at 16. He gave the occasional sermon at local churches and wrote articles for the town newspaper, and became a full-time pastor at Rock Bridge Baptist Church in 1940. Finster began building his first garden park museum in Trion, Georgia, in the late 1940s. It featured an exhibit on the inventions of mankind in which Finster planned to display one of everything that had ever been invented, models of houses and churches, a pigeon flock and a duck pond. Paradise Gardens in Summerville, GA, built by Finster.
Plant Farm Museum „to show all the wonderful things o‘ God’s Creation, kinda like the Garden of Eden. He retired from preaching in 1965 and focused all of his time on improving the Plant Farm Museum. In 1976, he had another vision to paint sacred art. He finished the 5,000 a few days before Christmas in 1985, but continued painting and numbering until the day he died.
By 1989, he was already numbering in the ten thousands. He first started receiving outside publicity in 1975. Esquire magazine article that first dubbed his museum Paradise Garden. He made his first exhibition appearance in 1976 and painted four paintings for the Library of Congress in 1977. Finster gained national fame after his collaborative work with Athens, Georgia-based rock band R. The group filmed the video for the group’s debut single „Radio Free Europe“ in Finster’s Paradise Gardens in 1983.
The band Talking Heads commissioned a Finster painting for Little Creatures in 1985 that was subsequently selected as album cover of the year by Rolling Stone magazine. Howard Finster was responsible for introducing millions to outsider art, but even with his fame, he remained focused on religious outreach. He said of the Talking Heads album, „I think there’s twenty-six religious verses on that first cover I done for them. John Maizels, Raw Vision, Watford, 2009, p.