A - Silvios Pizzeria ~ B - Desert Christ Garden ~ C - Miracle Cross Garden
A - SILVIOS PIZZERIA
I started originally as an Italian bakery making bread and pizza. But my dream was always to give the people much more, like a sense of history, sense of community, sense of religion, sense of architecture. So I began to make monuments, says Silvio Luigi Barille, owner of the Redford American Bakery and Italian-American Artistic Historical Museum. What started out as an Italian bakery eventually gave way to a showcase for So Silvios been erecting dozens of concrete monuments. in the courtyard of the bakery, and dozens more crowd his backyard, just across the alley in the town of Redford, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. His work chronicles such subject matter as the immigrant experience and the pain of divorce. For thirty years, Silvio has been creating a forum for his beliefs and philosophy and a gathering place for new and old friends alike.
B - DESERT CHRIST PARK
In 1950, retired aircraft worker Antone Martin dreamed of finding a place to erect a 3 - ton statue of Christ he had created. The Grand Canyon had turned him down, but then an offer came from a desert parson, in a tiny village called Yucca Valley in Southern California. In the 10 years to follow, Martin completed 50 larger than life-size figures including tableaus of scenes from the Bible. His creations are made of steel-reinforced concrete, hand-finished with a white paint and plaster mixture. Despite neglect and lawsuits, Desert Christ Park has survived -- a testament to Antone Martins vision and the determination of a handful of people dedicated to the preservation of this miracle in the desert.
C - MIRACLE CROSS GARDEN
William Carlton Rices Miracle Cross Garden, in Prattville, Alabama can initially be unnerving it features crosses of every shape and size mixed with signs that warn of damnation. Alabama songwriter Karen Pell's first impressions of the haunted warning messages: "Ive traveled all around the world and Im fond of saying that Im not scared of the devil himself... but I came out here and I was by myself and I was on somebody elses property and I decided that between "Hell is Hot" and "Sex is the Pits" that maybe I shouldnt stay. But she came back and wrote "Hell is Hot", a song inspired by the man who built the haunted hillside featured in this episode. A roadside curiosity to some, a site of inspiration to others, the Miracle Cross Garden has evoked a wide range of reactions and responses one local resident even went all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court to try to have the site dismantled. Despite the opposition, Rice continued to build his Miracle Cross Garden, leaving a legacy of his devotion and faith.