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Address: 749 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone Number: 801 972 7800
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This previously private property has been donated to Salt Lake City and is now a city park which is well maintained. It is a personal artistic monument to one man's (a stonemason... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
davenmanja
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St. George, Utah

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salt lake city, ut
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38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

If you're anti-religion then you should give this a pass (even many faithful Mormons find it weird and uncomfortable), but if you are open-minded and can appreciate art that is based on a belief system you don't share, then this place is a must-see. Childs was a self-taught sculptor who made many strange and wonderful works from stone. My personal... More 

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St. George, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This previously private property has been donated to Salt Lake City and is now a city park which is well maintained. It is a personal artistic monument to one man's (a stonemason by trade) beliefs and love of God and Country. He created it over many years, 1947-1963, and it is his unique creation similar to modern art in many... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Great sculptures. Good for something different to do or kill some time. We're not very religious or arty so we didn't read all of the plates on the ground. Wan't really sure what to expect when visiting here aside from cool sculptures so that was a little surprise.

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Thank R0wi3
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453 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

It was a little tricky to find and missed it the first time. Good for a quick stop and some cute pictures. Park on street. Free admission was nice.

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Colorado
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is a neat place, small, and felt out of place to me, but cool. It wouldn't be top on my list of things to have to see, but was neat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Though small, we wound up taking almost 2 hours appreciating the sculptures of a man who clearly heard the beat of a very unique drum. There are locals who have never been to this place in their life, so be sure you have clear directions. Bring your camera!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Really kooky and weird place to visit - a look at Mormonism thru a funhouse mirror. The sculptures and grounds themselves are well-kept and the art is intriguing.

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Mtn. West
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Back in the early '90s, I had a friend take me to Gilgal Gardens to see the Joseph Smith Sphinx. I've returned every few years since. Tucked behind Chuck A Rama / Wonder Bread Factory / EX Wife's Place, this sculpture garden is one of SLC's original counter-culture destinations...up there with Emo's Grave and the Lime Kilns.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Really have to see it to believe it. A really hidden away park in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. A statue of the Sphinx with Joseph Smith's head. It really is worth passing up but if you are bored and happen to be in the area, give it a look see.

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South Carolina, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Small garden with many weird sculptures, rather easy to miss. Good photo ops for kids and adults alike. Fun 15 minutes.

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