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Church Revival

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Church Revival

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Carlton Garrett
American, 1900–1992

Date

1950–1960

Medium

Painted and carved wood with metal and string

Accession #

1987.86

Dimensions

46 x 32 x 31 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 404

Description

Carlton Garrett’s magnificently hand-carved, whimsical, mechanical sculptures portray everyday events and folklore of rural Georgia. Born in Gwinnett County, Garrett moved to Flowery Branch in 1924. He ran the town’s waterworks and was also an ordained minister and a furniture salesman. Garrett began whittling small toys in the 1940s, and by the time of his retirement in 1962 he had created several motorized scenes showing his community. In this example he recreated the church services of his younger days, including such vanishing elements as the mourner’s bench, where repentant sinners knelt to ask forgiveness.

Credit

Gift of Mrs. Alfred E. Thompson, Sr. and through exchange

Image Copyright

Courtesy Judith Alexander