On My Mind - Pasaquan
by Julie Register
I have wanted to visit Pasaquan ever since my mother-in-law told me about it a number of years ago. However, it is only open the first Saturday of the month. Until this year, I hadn't been in Georgia when it was open. I admit there is no link to spas other than I cancelled a spa appointment in Columbus when I realized I could see Pasaquan on that day.
According to Eddie Owens Martin, a.k.a. St. EOM, Pasaquan means, "where the past, the present, the future, and everything else all comes together." It is an environmental art site on the property he inherited from his mother near Beuna Vista, Georgia and worked on for 30 years until his death in 1986. He financed his art by telling fortunes. He said his key to success at fortune telling was "good manicured nails."
He left behind four acres of fantastic architecture, thousands of small drawings, hundreds of paintings on canvas, numerous watercolors, a wardrobe of eccentrically fashioned clothing and costume, photographs and recordings, sculptures in wood, concrete and mixed media and rooms full of unique furniture.
Sadly, much of the paint has faded, peeled and washed off, the concrete is cracked and spalled in many places and the home is deteriorating. Notice the entry when it was painted in 1983 (from Dana Atchley's film) and how it looks in 2012.
In 2006, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation declared Pasaquan one of Georgia's ten "Places in Peril." The Pasaquan Preservation Society is working on restoring Pasaquan. For more details, go to: http://www.pasaquan.blogspot.com/
You can see interviews with Eddie Owens Martin, a.k.a. St. EOM on Youtube:
St. EOM's Vision for Pasaquan's Future
St. EOM's Ritual Dance
St. EOM, Pasaquan, and Fortune-Telling
St. EOM and Pasaquan
Below are some of the photos I took during my visit to Pasaquan.
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