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James R. Bowsher
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James R. Bowsher
Wapakoneta, Ohio (USA)
Images show a highway leading to Wapakoneta, a downtown street, the Catholic church, two schools & the Niel Armstrong Air & Space Museum.
Jim's House at 203 South Wood Street
The last three images were made before I knew I'd be welcome inside Jim's home. His two-car garage has long since become a cluttered office. The two documents are Scotch taped to garage windows so that visitors to the Temple of Tolerance may read them.
Temple of Tolerance
First image shows gate from the back alley (only entrance except through Jim's house). Images 3-5 are the Temple of Tolerance.
Five YouTube VideosClick here for a slide show of "porage night" at the Temple of Tolerance (set to music of John Lennon). Click here for 11 minutes at the temple on a sunny day. Click here for 5 minutes of the temple in the snow. Don't miss clicking to see and hear Bowsher explain why he believes in innate goodness. And click here for his "story of rivets" from World War II in Germany.
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|1981 - Temple of Tolerance, 203 South Wood Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio (USA). "I've seen many amazing visionary art sites, but none quite like the one James R. (Jim) Bowsher has created. His home is an incredible museum -- a Grand Central Terminal for the Underground Railroad, an invisible library of unwritten books on Freemasons, Harry Houdini & and Neil Armstrong. Over several backyards are massive glacial boulders forming the central monument dedicated to tolerance, a stage for summer music performances, a Vietnam War memorial, and a Tree of Life. Throughout the grounds you'll also find the archeology of good and evil -- Boundary markers from a Shawnee Indian reservation, slab steps from a Klan meetinghouse, stone dragons from Ireland, fragments from the first baseball park in Cincinnati, even a marble countertop from a bank that John Dillinger robbed. Perhaps more than anything, the Temple stands to remind us, as well as future generations, to have compassion for others as we continue to explore our dreams, follow our spirit, and search for answers in the hope of scaling new heights." [Cathy J. Schreima, Wapakoneta Evening Ledger, April 7, 2001.] /// Bowsher's temple is further described & illustrated on NarrowLarry's World of the Outstanding & RareVisions Road Trip.com. For YouTube videos of the temple, click here for 11 minutes on a sunny day, and click here for 5 minutes in the snow. Also click to see Bowsher explaining why he believes in innate goodness and telling the story of rivets.|
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