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Sun Voyager Sculpture in Reykjavik, Iceland

Click on title to view photo in large format: Located on the seafront in Reykjavik, Iceland, The Sun Voyager sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason is an ode to the sun and undiscovered territory. It was created by the artist to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Reykjavik and unveiled on the city’s birthday in 1990. The aluminum ship seems to float on air as it reaches out to the sea. Many observers mistake the piece as a representation of a Viking ship, however the artist made it very clear before he died that this impression is Read More

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Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland

Click on title to view photo in large format: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland was only half finished when the financial crisis hit in 2008. The crash brought all construction to a halt, threatening to make the facility a gigantic symbol of Iceland’s economic collapse. In early 2009, the Icelandic government and the City of Reykjavik made the courageous decision to complete the project. Since opening its doors in May 2011, Harpa has received millions of visitors and hosted performers Read More

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Whenever he needed supplies, Eddie Owens Martin would dress up in drag queen regalia, open the doors of his beat-up old station wagon, and call his cats. Dozens would emerge from every corner of the yard and hop in for the short ride to Buena Vista, Georgia. In town, the cats would scatter to the four directions until Martin had finished his business. Once again he would call for the cats, who dutifully hopped in for the return journey.

Martin, who was better known as Saint EOM by then, had spent most of his youth wandering the streets of New York City. He made pocket change by telling fortunes, painting portraits of his fellow drag queens, and working as a con artist. Without the high fever that gripped him one cold winter day, he might have died on the streets, unknown and bound for a pauper’s grave.

In his delirium, Martin was visited by a tall being from another world. The alien introduced himself as a Pasaquan and told Martin to change his ways or he would die. He also instructed him to return to his childhood home in Georgia and build a place to honor the Pasaquan race.

The late 19th century farmhouse in Buena Vista, Georgia, that St. EOM turned into one of the most astounding creative art projects in the world

The late 19th century farmhouse in Buena Vista, Georgia, that St. EOM turned into one of the most astounding creative art projects in the world

Martin changed his name to St. EOM and, around 1955, moved into the Buena Vista house left to him by his late mother. For the next 30+ years, using bricks and stones from the site, he created a complex of six major structures connected by a series of painted masonry walls, colorful concrete sculptures, and an assortment of landscape elements. Read More

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Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia

Click on title to view photo in large format: Not so many years ago, downtown Columbus, Georgia, was a decaying, dilapidated mill town, with little hope for renewal. Some thought it best to just tear it down and start over. But a group of visionary townsfolk thought otherwise. They banded together to raise more than one million dollars to revitalize their blighted downtown. Today Columbus is the hub of arts and culture in the Southeast, and its RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is the crown jewel around which Columbus rose from the ashes. Read More

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Riverwalk in Columbus, Georgia, a public/private partnership that has turned the Chatahoochee River into a world-class training area for kayakers

Click on title to view photo in large format: The 22-mile long Chattahoochee RiverWalk in Columbus, Georgia opened in 2013. In addition to providing walking and biking trails, it has used the power of two local dams to create a 2.5-mile kayak course, attracting world-class kayakers who use the facility to train. The $26 million project was funded with public/private partnerships, and USA Today called it one of the top 22 man-made adventures in the world. Read More

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The Wall of Fame at Grant's Lounge in Macon, Georgia, displays some of the greats that played at the bar during the 70's, when Macon was the epicenter of the Southern rock scene

Click on title to view photo in large format: The Wall of Fame at Grant’s Lounge in Macon, Georgia. It may look like a hole in the wall, but the photo gallery at Grant’s Lounge attests to the many greats that have performed there over the years. We stopped in for a brief look during our music history walking tour with Rock Candy Tours. Our guide, Jessica Walden, comes by her knowledge of the Macon music scene quite naturally, as her father (Alan Walden) and her uncle (Phil Walden) were the founders of Capricorn Records, which recorded such greats as The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Widespread Panic. Read More