The Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kan., the most significant folk art site in the state, underwent an extensive restoration in the last year funded by the Kohler Foundation of Wisconsin.
The foundation acquired the site from a group of private owners, has deeded it to a newly formed nonprofit, Friends of S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden, and last weekend held a rededication of the tourist attraction.
Lucas is in north-central Kansas, about 230 miles from Kansas City.
In the early years of the 20th century, Dinsmoor, a Civil War veteran, built a limestone “log” cabin and surrounded it with 150 concrete sculptures depicting biblical and populist-leaning scenes.
The town of Lucas, population 407, in recent years has expanded its folk-art footprint with a museum and other efforts
On Saturday, it will open what must be the most artistic public restroom on the planet.
Coined Bowl Plaza, the downtown structure includes whimsical ceramic tableaux by Lawrence collagist Mri-Pilar, shown here working last weekend in the women’s room.
| Steve Paul, The Star