Pasaquan Re-Opens with Live Music and Tall Tales
COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University and philanthropic organization The Kohler Foundation Inc. officially re-opened Pasaquan, St. EOM’s “pre-Columbian psychedelic wonderland” and internationally recognized art environment, to the public Saturday, Oct. 22.
“Even before Pasaquan officially opened, it had already become a true experiential, interdisciplinary learning center for our students,” said Michael McFalls, director of Pasaquan and professor of art at CSU. “We've had over 95 CSU students from four different academic departments and interns from across the country doing research on the site and in CSU Archives. Pasaquan fits into our academic mission with a commitment to community outreach and a dedication to teaching, learning, scholarship and creative research.”
With a party fit for self-taught artist Eddie Owens Martin, also known as St. EOM, the grand re-opening celebration featured music from Neal Lucas and the Freezer Burn, Blackberry Possum, Jake Xerxes Fussell ad Col. Bruce Hampton.
Artist GLO’s traveling show “from the roof down” made an appearance as did the Technicolor Face Painters. The Cosmic Cosmetologist was on site to create Pasaquan hairdos, and food, including Cosmic Pickles, was served all day long by regional food truck vendors.
Visit pasaquan.com or contact McFalls at McFalls_Michael@ColumbusState.edu to learn more about the whimsical world of Pasaquan.
Pasaquan is a 7-acre nationally recognized visionary art environment nestled in the pines of rural Marion County, roughly six miles northwest of Buena Vista, Georgia. The late Eddie Owens Martin, who introduced himself as St. EOM - pronounced Ohm- began creating Pasaquan in 1957 and continued to work on the site for 30 years. The art environment features six major structures, mandala murals and more than 900 feet of painted masonry walls. St. EOM, drew inspiration from many different cultures. Pasaquan fuses African, pre-Columbian and Native American cultural and religious symbols and designs, along with motifs inspired by Edward Churchward’s books about “The Lost Continent of MU.”