A propane-tank totem pole, a hand-built soda-can-sided temple to Jesus, two New-Mexican graveyards and one of the most amazing rest stops you’ll ever see. These are a few of the amazing things we saw on a couple of recent road trips to Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Enjoy!

(Your comments, our pleasure. Please leave some below or send us an email: thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)

 

13 Responses to Roadside Folk Art

  1. awd says:

    unfettered imagination + lots of time + Jesus + mary jane = soda can temple. thanks for the tour.

  2. micki says:

    I like it but your pics are so dark its hard to see the images

  3. Mitchell says:

    Thanks Noel delightful part of our country , keep going.

  4. Noel Black says:

    Micki, try adjusting the brightness on yr screen. I know they aren’t the brightest pics, nut you should still be able to see them.

  5. 2tuc says:

    What great pics! Looking forward to more….

  6. eB says:

    Excellent show! Nothing quite like southern Colorado and northern NM. [micki: you might want to check your monitor calibration, as the images were perfectly exposed on mine.]

  7. Mary Ellen says:

    HEAVENLY. —MED

  8. Joyce Cheney says:

    Can you give us directions to Jesus’ house — if one can stop by?
    Has anyone done a coffee table book of the motel signs and other signs along Manitou Ave? They won’t be there forever. Or perhaps a Big Something slide show?
    Thanks, Noel!

  9. Nancy Atherton says:

    It was great to look over Noel’s shoulder while he explored the hidden treasures most of us drive past. Loved taking the trip with him!

  10. kay johnson says:

    Thanks for scouting out some of these interesting artists- so much more emphasis on imagination than in the usual venues!

  11. Bill Gerety says:

    The soda-can monument to Jesus is in Antonito, CO, east of the town center. It can be seen on the left when approaching Antonito from Alamosa. The labor needed to make this must have been extreme.

  12. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Oh, Noel, you are rare! Only you would direct us to examples of the artist’s “can work”. Mama

  13. David Henne says:

    Thanks a lot for showing us these treasures that we con’t normally see except out of the corner of our eye while zooming past. Now we’ll know to allow some time, get out, and appreciate it.

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