Friday, December 2, 2011
S. P. Dinsmoor and his Garden of Eden
Did you catch Dana's mention of The Garden of Eden in Kansas during the last Snydecast?
It's a weird place.
Samuel Perry Dinsmoor (1843-1932) was a Kansas school teacher and is best known for his sculptures at his cabin known as The Garden of Eden.
I don't really have a handle on this place. It sounds like it is either the greatest place ever or something in dire need of a bulldozing.
I don't know what to think.
I did look at reviews of the place online. This dude said it gave him the "willies".
A little penicillin should clear that up.
Wait... whaaaa? Dinsmoor's corpse is on display?!?!?
Dinsmoor not only has his body on display, but he used a photographer's trick of double exposing the negative so that he could have a picture of him looking at himself in the crypt.
I know this seems like nothing now, but in the days before photo shop, this was pretty dang impressive.
Today, I can make a picture of Ron Jeremy looking at him in the crypt and it takes just 20 seconds:
And it looks like I spent just 20 seconds on it.
But that's not the point. The point is that this dude was a visionary. A weird visionary.
Here is a photo tour of his place: