Petersen Rock Garden

petersen-rock-garden-june-2012 (5)

The king of the garden surveys his domain.

There are a few things I love more than letterboxing. Which is why, when we recently went to Central Oregon for a letterboxing event, I spent some time touring the local outsider art.

petersen-rock-garden-june-2012 (2)

Petersen’s version of Independence Hall

Rasmus Petersen immigrated from Denmark, and built the Garden in the last 17 years of his life, from 1935 to 1952. It was his tribute to his new homeland. He collected local rocks from the mineral-rich, volcanic landscape surrounding his home. Obsidian for a shiny facing, shells for an accent, and the occasional delight of a thunder egg.

petersen-rock-garden-june-2012 (9)

Plaque (out of frame): “Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.”

Peacocks, cats, and chickens roam the grounds. We wished we’d brought along the grapes from our hotel room. Peacocks love them some grapes. The day was bright, and two other families roamed the garden with their children. I had hoped to visit the museum, and though it was scheduled to be open, the doors were locked. I hear there is a display of fluorescent rocks inside. Ah well, maybe next trip.

petersen-rock-garden-june-2012 (10)

No trolls under the bridge–just tadpoles

I was charmed by every bit of the place, even the decay, that allowed us to see the metal barrels supporting the masses of glued and cemented rocks that made up a tiny building. We plan on going back to the area next year, and I’d like to visit when the museum is open, and perhaps get some better pictures. Here’s the rest of the set on flickr.

petersen-rock-garden-june-2012 (13)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *