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Artists for Pasaquan celebrate Eddie Martin's homestead

BUENA VISTA, GA -

One Marion County society would like to see an artist's home near Buena Vista preserved.

This past weekend, followers of Pasaquan, an art form invented by Georgia native, Eddie Martin, paid tribute to his memory and called attention to the deteriorating condition of the farmhouse where he grew up.  When he was alive, Martin transformed the grounds into a colorful enchanting wonderland. 

Today, the brilliant colors are fading and the structures are falling into a state of disrepair.

"This is Eddie Martin's environment.  It's his old homestead, and from the mid-50's to the early 80's, he worked himself to the bone creating all of these concrete walls and the artworks that are here: the mandalas, the paintings, the carvings, the sculptures.  It's basically a four acre site that he created as an art environment.

Martin's work was inspired by a variety of cultures and bares similarity to the art of ancient civilizations.  It was a stunning, multi-color oasis in a traditional rural landscape.  While much of the art remains as it did when it was created, the enitre property has seen better days and can use extensive rehabilitation. The Pasaquan house is closed for the winter, but will reopen to the public in April.

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