The Petersen Rock Gardens

artist: Rasmus Petersen (1883 - 1952)
built: 1935 - 1952
where: 7930 SW 77th Street, Redmond, Oregon
status: open to the public
Petersen Rock Gardens web info

Castles & bridges, malachite & thundereggs, ponds & peacocks. This is one of the most underrated folk art environments in America. The constructions are sophisticated, the landscaping is incredible, and the site has been well maintained by the family. It's only a little bit hard to find; just look for the patch of bright blue Oregon sky above. (And don't miss the fluorescent rock display in the museum.)

larger, higher resolution version of these photos on Flickr

Fall 2002 visit

all photos copyright Lawrence Harris

vintage postcard

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