The Road Less Traveled




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Date of Work

ca. 1976


35mm slide, digitized 2020


James Smith Pierce Collection: Folk and Outsider Image Collection




UND Art Collections Repository

Artist Bio

Born in Brooklyn, New York, James Smith Pierce received his PhD in art history from Harvard University. During his career as a professor, Pierce also became an accomplished artist, whose artworks were included in important exhibitions (including a show on land art at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC) and books on contemporary earthworks and site-specific sculpture. Pierce was also a photographer, exhibition curator, and art collector.

Additional Information

Samuel Perry Dinsmoor (1842 - 1942), born in Lucas, Kansas, was an American teacher and sculptor. Dinsmoor served for three years in the Union Army during the Civil War. Following his retirement from the Union Army, and eventually from education in 1905, he began his work as a sculptor. He moved into a log cabin on a lot he names the “Garden of Eden”. The 12 room log cabin is made of limestone and is built near Wilson Lake. From here, Dinsmoor spent his time creating over 200 concrete sculptures, illustrating the Populist movement and religious ideologies. One of his more popular pieces, “Labor Crucified”, is a sculpture of him surrounded by those who he felt had crucified him: a lawyer, doctor, capitalist, and a preacher.

Dinmoor also created his own mausoleum, where he lays to this day. Visitors can view this coffin behind a piece of glass where a double-exposed image he created of himself looking down at his own corpse is on display.

This image shows a sculpture of an angel with a sword on a tree, resembling the angels populating the Garden of Eden, which is the name of this artist-created site.

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Condition Notes

35 mm slide in excellent condition.


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