Chauvin, Louisiana: Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

Started in 1990 by bricklayer Kenny Hill, who eventually built over 100 figures and a 45-foot-tall 7,000-brick lighthouse. Clinging to its outside are cowboys, soldiers, angels, God -- and Kenny Hill.

Chauvin Sculpture Garden

Address:
5337 Bayouside Drive, Chauvin, LA
Directions:
Chauvin Sculpture Garden. US Hwy 90 exit 202 (Houma). Drive south on Hwy 24/Main St. Hwy 24 veers left, but continue heading southeast on Hwy 56 toward Chauvin. Turn left onto Hwy 58 at stoplight in Sarah Bridge), cross Bayou Petit Caillou. Turn right at first street onto Bayouside Drive and drive south for about 2.5 miles. On the right.
Hours:
Daily sunrise-sunset; tours Sa-Su 11-4. (Call to verify)
Phone:
985-594-2546
Admission:
Free.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation is a very unique place.

[Todd, 03/07/2018]

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation.

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

Outsider art destination with its mysterious back story, fascinating sculptures, and location on pretty little Bayou Petit Caillou. Kenny Hill's Garden is worth the drive.

[Lisa Howell, 02/02/2016]

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation.

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

The garden is stands right along the bayou in Chauvin. After Hill left, the Kohler Foundation stepped in to restore and clean up the sculpture garden, and eventually gave it to Nicholls State University, which looks after the property today. Volunteers were working on restoring paint when we went, and we got a great tour.

Hill currently resides in Arkansas at his brother's home, still sculpting -- but he has no desire to see the Chauvin site again. Nicholls State U. has suffered budget cuts, and random art in the heart of the bayou is considered a low priority these days. The work is mostly fueled by donations at this time.

[Caitlin, 05/30/2014]
Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

More than 100 primarily religious concrete sculptures densely pack the narrow, bayouside property. The sculptures are a profound mixture of Biblical reference, Cajun colors, and the evident pain and struggle of the artist's life.

The most prominent piece is a 45-foot-tall lighthouse, composed of 7,000 bricks, with figures clinging to the outside: cowboys, soldiers, angels, God and Hill himself.

[Sandy Bonner, 03/22/2008]

Kenny Hill worked on the Garden from 1990 to 2000. He never explained why he built it, and then he became upset for some reason and disappeared, never to return.

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