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Olavi Laiho ~ Jurva is a community of some 4500 inhabitants in the south-west of Finland in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. Olavi Laiho, an inhabitant of this community, has transformed the area around his house into a sculpture garden.

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Art Deco

Photo: Sculptures at Finnish self-taught artist Veijö Rönkkönen’s fantasy garden in Koitsanlahti, Parikkala, featured in Raw Vision 78. http://rawvision.com/articles/joys-and-tribulations-immortalised-concrete

Photo: Sculptures at Finnish self-taught artist Veijö Rönkkönen’s fantasy garden in Koitsanlahti, Parikkala, featured in Raw Vision 78. http://rawvision.com/articles/joys-and-tribulations-immortalised-concrete

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The history of the watts Towers by Sam Rodia - official site - watts, Los Angeles, California United States of America.

While we can certainly appreciate fine #art, contemplating a contemporary painting on a wall in a hushed gallery or admiring a roped-off sculpture of antiquity while being jostled by hundreds of elbows does have its limits. Sometimes, we want the raw, the unrestrained, the roadside-y, the rough-around-the-edges, the real. A fully immersive art environment that’s at turns beautiful and unsettling, awe-inspiring and maybe just a little bit otherworldly.

10 unforgettable folk art environments

Mirka Mora. Eccentric. Electric. Bombastic. Mirka rocks my world. I appreciate the way that she works. Obsessively, compulsively and intuitively. She immerses herself in art and carefully crafts her world. And she's damn hilarious too!

Mirka rocks my world. I appreciate the way that she works. Obsessively, compulsively and intuitively. She immerses herself in art and carefully crafts her world. And she's damn hilarious too!

Watts Towers

Watts Towers

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Emory Blagdon was untrained in art, isolated in his rural Nebraska home, personally eccentric and, most important, the creator of stunningly innovative, delicate and beautiful work. He filled his work shed with assemblages intended to be healing machines but that also happened to be objects of beauty.

Emory Blagdon was untrained in art, isolated in his rural Nebraska home…

José Manuel Mendive, Cuban artist. Se acerca la noche/ 2007 / Acrilico sobre tela

José Manuel Mendive, Cuban artist. Se acerca la noche/ 2007 / Acrilico sobre tela

Fiorenzo Pilia ~ In 1993 Fiorenzo Pilia began decorating an orchard he owned outside the Sardinian village of San Sperate. Prior to beginning his constructions he had been a farmer; he had little formal education and no artistic training at all.  Pilia’s specialty is life-sized sculptures; the main feature of his garden is a reclining female, some 15 meters (almost 49 feet) long, constructed on a base of chicken-wire, covered with a mixture of foam and glue, and then smoothed and painted…

Fiorenzo Pilia ~ In 1993 Fiorenzo Pilia began decorating an orchard he owned outside the Sardinian village of San Sperate. Prior to beginning his constructions he had been a farmer; he had little formal education and no artistic training at all. Pilia’s specialty is life-sized sculptures; the main feature of his garden is a reclining female, some 15 meters (almost 49 feet) long, constructed on a base of chicken-wire, covered with a mixture of foam and glue, and then smoothed and painted…

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