From the August 27 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
The "Land of Pasquan" was once a vibrant exhibit of the vision of the late Eddie Owens Martin and visitors who saw it left feeling amazed – and perhaps a little confused – by the wonderfully unique creation of the eccentric folk artist who created it after believing he was visited by creatures from the future.
Since Martin's death in 1986, a dedicated group of area residents has worked hard to keep the sprawling complex upright and preserved. However, the harsh South Georgia sun and the simple passage of time had greatly faded the once bright colors of the buildings, walls, and sculptures.
Now, as previously reported, the Kohler Foundation has agreed to take on ownership, and more importantly, the preservation of the property. Once completed, it will be gifted to Columbus State University.
Those who weren't lucky enough to see the site in its heyday will be surprised the next time they visit, as a group of experienced painting conservators from Parma Conservation in Chicago, Illinois, are bringing the "bling" back and the transformation is already amazing even though they still have a long way to go.
The trio of conservators consists of Ewa Devereux, John Salhus, and Maho Yoshikawa. Between them ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.