Visionary environment

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A view of the Camel Yard at The Owl House, a South African visionary environment created by Helen Martins.

A visionary environment or fantasy world is an extensive/large-scale artistic installations (buildings, sculpture parks, etc.) intended to capture intense subjective/personal experiences (dreams, fantasies, obsessions, etc.) of their creators. The subjective/personal nature of these projects often implies a marginal status for the artists involved, and there is a strong association between visionary environments and outsider art.

List of visionary environments

See also


  • John Maizels, Deidi von Schaewen (photo), Angelika Taschen (ed.), Fantasy Worlds, Taschen (2007)
  • John Maizels (ed.), Raw Vision Outsider Art Sourcebook, Raw Vision Ltd (2002)
  • John Beardsley, Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists, Abbeville Press (1995)
  • Roger Manley, Mark Sloan, Jonathan Williams, Ted Degener (photo), Marcus Schubert (photo), John Blumb (photo), Ron Byers (photo), Self-Made Worlds, Aperture (2005)
  • Leslie Umberger, Erika Doss, Ruth Kohler, Lisa Stone, Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists, Princeton Architectural Press (2007)

External links

  • website
  • Outsider Environments blogspot
  • "Off the Map" travelogue menu
  • Sourcebook
  • website
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