The Road Less Traveled




Artist Dates



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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

William Averett is mainly known for his work in creating Happy Villa, which was located next to Charlie’s World of Lost Art near Andrade, California. He began creating and constructing various materials for this environment in 1965 and it was not until 1967 that he was joined by Charles Kasling (Driftwood Charlie). The artists created what are explained to be miniature villages with unique animals and and creatures which allows those who visit to fantasize and use their imagination. Unfortunately, the site is no longer in existence due to damage and vandalism.

This image shows a different angle of the 1976 site, specifically focusing on the American flag and the interesting pieces of art surrounding it. However, once again, if you look closely at the surroundings, you can see the obscure sculptures that make up this intriguing location.

Image is provided for educational purposes only. © University of North Dakota. All rights reserved.

Condition Notes

35 mm slide in excellent condition.


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