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Article and photographs by Fred Scruton
Vollis Simpson’s delicate balance of wind, gravity, monumentally, and whimsy was hidden away deep in the North Carolina countryside, but an emerald city seduction would begin as soon you approached that last turn in Wiggins Mill Road– and a sliver of sparkling ankle started to show through. The full birds-flying, axles-squeaking, loggers-sawing, fans-whirring, guitarists-strumming, dials-turning ‘what just happened here’ effect gave his “Whirligig Farm” its “Acid Park” nickname. Mr. Simpson could typically be found across the road welding and grinding away in front of his former repair shop. Looking like central casting for what an artist doesn’t look like, his old-fashioned country gentleman’s under-emotive demeanor made him seem an unlikely maker of such exuberant “windmills,” as he called them. Late in the day when dusk started to set in, passing headlights would set off bursts of reflector fireworks throughout his cacophonous carnival.
For over 50 years Ron Manolio cheerfully hand-painted the (real) eggshells for Betty Manolio’s Eggshelland graph paper designs. I’ve truly never met a person who exuded such giddy delight over bringing pleasure to other people.
The immense regional following that Eggshelland has earned no doubt brought Ron great, and well-deserved satisfaction. During the couple of weeks the annual display lasts, there is a constant stream of visitors, and Easter Sunday brings hundreds and hundreds of often generational admirers. Ron and Betty made me feel like just another member of their big Italian-American family from the (unannounced) first moment I showed up with my big camera at their suburban Cleveland front yard in 2005. According to the articles below, Betty intends there to be one final goodbye display for Easter 2013. Read more…
December 20 update from the Imperial Valley Press:
(from my 2009 visit)
Gratitude to Narrow Larry Harris for sending this link.
My friend Greg Davidek (a wonderful painter– checkout his website) sent me a cell phone snap when he happened by this house on a family outing:
|© Greg Davidek||from Google|
I also found it in a flickr stream by Josh Michtom
Kelly Ludwig of detourart.com looked into it, and believes the address is actually 454 Seaview Ave.
Thanks to Greg– I hope to make it by with some heavier photo artillery soon!
(from 2010 visit)