Pasaquan

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Pasaquan
Pasaquan (NRHP) Buena Vista, GA.JPG
Pasaquan as seen from Eddie Martin Road in 2012.
Pasaquan is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Pasaquan
Pasaquan is located in the United States
Pasaquan
Nearest cityBuena Vista, Georgia
Coordinates32°20′47″N 84°34′53″W / 32.34635°N 84.58150°W / 32.34635; -84.58150Coordinates: 32°20′47″N 84°34′53″W / 32.34635°N 84.58150°W / 32.34635; -84.58150
Built1957
ArchitectMartin, Eddie Owens; et al.
NRHP reference #08000833[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 27, 2008

Pasaquan is a 7-acre (28,000 m2) compound near Buena Vista, Georgia. It was created by an eccentric folk artist named Eddie Owens Martin (1908–1986), who called himself St. EOM. An internationally renowned art site, it consists of six major structures including a redesigned 1885 farmhouse, painted concrete sculptures, and 4 acres (16,000 m2) of painted masonry concrete walls. In September 2008, Pasaquan was accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Martin inherited the land from his mother and, using proceeds earned from fortune telling, transformed the house and its surrounding land. In an article on the outsider artist, Tom Patterson describes Pasaquan as "one of the most remarkable folk art environments in America—a sort of mock pre-Columbian psychedelic wonderland of brightly painted totems, curved and angled walls and walkways, and wildly ornamented structures that [Martin] called "temples" and "pagodas."[2] "Pasaquan" is a name coined from Spanish and Chinese meaning roughly "the past coming together".[3]

The site is maintained by the Pasaquan Preservation Society; the Kohler Foundation in collaboration with Columbus State University undertook restoring the location, and it was re-opened to the public in 2016.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Patterson, Tom. "St. EOM", BOMB Magazine Spring, 1987. Retrieved 2012-11-28
  3. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 171. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  4. ^ Patterson, Tom. [1], Brut Force, December, 2016.

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