Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Grover Cleveland Thompson

[caption id="attachment_432" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Grover Cleveland Thompson's handy work in the Sunnyslope rock garden."][/caption]Grover Cleveland Thompson built his rock garden in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix, AZ from 1952-1974. He began the monumental construction when he retired at the age of 65. Thompson was inspired by Petersen's Rock Garden in Bend, OR, which was near where he had lived. He used anything he could find, such as, concrete, rocks, broken pottery, bottles, and other discarded objects to create sculptures and fountains. Among the hundreds of structures, there were seven fountains and seven windmills. Thompson died in 1978 and the property has been cared for and maintained by the new owner, Marion Blake, since 1979.

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