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Howard’s Tools Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

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Howard’s Tools Section of Sidewalk from Paradise Garden

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001

Date

ca. 1981

Medium

Concrete embedded with metal, glass, mirrors, nails, and wire

Accession #

1994.218

Dimensions

3 3/4 x 40 3/4 x 48 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

Concrete pathways embellished with inlaid patterns of broken mirrors, shimmering glass, tile, jewelry, and found objects wound throughout Paradise Garden. This section of sidewalk contains the tools Finster used when he worked as a bicycle repairman. As he recounted, “When I found out for sure that God called me to do sacred art, I molded my tools in the walkway as evidence.” The sidewalk itself declares, “HOWARD’S TOOLS AFTER JOINING ARTIST WORLD DISCARDED TOOLS.”

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Cousins Foundation, Inc. and donors to the Paradise Project Campaign

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