Thursday, March 3, 2011

Art at the side of the road

The Burma Shave signs are gone, and the barns urging us to Chew Mail Pouch, See Rock City, or See Ruby Falls are disappearing fast.

Fortunately they are being replaced by barns that are even more artistic and totally non-commercial. 

The first Quilt Barn appeared in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001.  The movement has now spread to 29 states and two Canadian provinces.  Growth of the art form has been so explosive that any numbers given are likely to be underestimates, but one authoritative source this week stated there were now more than 3,200 quilt blocks on barns, sheds, and businesses.

 My wife and I are helping to develop a Barn-Quilt Trail in our home county, so I'll have more to say about the topic as time goes by.

 She is the quilter; I just like photographing the barns.

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