The Story: In 1957, Eddie Owens Martin returned from New York City to his hometown, Buena Vista, Ga., renamed himself St. EOM and built Pasaquan, an internationally acclaimed visionary art site consisting of six major structures—the oldest a redesigned 1885 farmhouse—painted concrete sculptures, and miles of painted masonry concrete walls. Approximately 15,650 square feet of painted concrete surfaces exist on the exterior structures alone.
Threat: The historic buildings and painted concrete are rapidly deteriorating due to lack of adequate funding to maintain the property. The four-acre site is now managed by the Pasaquan Preservation Society, a volunteer board of trustees that needs funding and other support to help in the preservation efforts, including site security to protect the site, its historic buildings and its collections from harm; groundskeeping; visitor reception; educational programming; and conservation needs.
Solution: Like Pasaquan, there are scores of historic landscapes throughout Georgia that need additional funding to support restoration and maintenance efforts. The organization needs funding to develop a strategic plan, a master plan for the site and for restoration of historic landscapes.