While Jane and I were in Jasper for our art show, we took the opportunity to appreciate a wonderfully odd but beautiful outsider art environment there. It was like old times on our epic Grand Canyon Project, but closer to home. I’d read about it in travel guides describing Indiana’s odder sights, but hadn’t anticipated how large and really cool it would be. You can read a pretty in-depth history of the Geode Grotto here.
If you want to find it, it’s in Jasper, Indiana back behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Go past the cemetery and around the corner and you’ll be greeted by saints. The scale was impressive and difficult to capture with a camera.
After the saints, you walked a path lined with smaller shrines. Each was on its own intricate geode pillar decorated with seashells and Indiana geodes of impressive size.
The geodes were impressive and beautiful (especially with a little henbit growing on them).
Then you got to the grotto itself…
Across the way, you could find St. Joseph holding Jesus and facing a cemetery. I ran over to check him out, but we were late for lunch so I didn’t get to admire for long. Again, the scale of it is impressive.