Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Jim Bowsher's Temple of Tolerance
Deb Neff, who is an Ohio native and intrepid explorer as well as my ride for the trip asked me if I had ever seen Jim Bowsher's Temple of Tolerance. I hadn't. In fact, prior to this weekend, I had never heard of it.
So, this entailed a stop which was quite worthwhile and amazing. Jim Bowsher had collected rocks, carved and natural and bits of this and that to build a "Temple of Tolerance." He has taken architectural elements, discarded gravestones, blocks which appear to have been practice pieces for stone carvers and assembled them on his house lot in Wapakoneta.
The grounds are not without peril...I saw tons of healthy poison ivy, but it is really really amazing. My friend told me that Bowsher works with at risk teens and often has them work with him on the Temple.
There are many little altars, this one seems to have been created for or appropriated by Vietnam Vets.
It's well worth a stop and very easy to find. It's located at 203 South Wood Street.
I'd love to meet Jim some day...He seems like a really neat person. I'll end with a clip with him from Youtube.