Monday, July 18, 2011
video topic: art
entry type: Documentary,
video title: A man named pearl
artist featured: Pearl Fryar
director: Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson
producer: Tentmakers Entertainment
run time: 78 mins
release date: 2006
description and preview:
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A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.
MEET the real-life Edward Scissorhands, Pearl Fryar.
The 66-year-old African-American, the subject of the inspiring documentary "A Man Named Pearl," doesn't have scissors where his hands should be, but he turns trees and bushes into topiary sculptures every bit as amazing as the ones Johnny Depp's character crafts in the Tim Burton film.
And Fryar's sculptures are real, not the result of movie magic.
Fryar lives with his wife in Bishopville, a depressed town in South Carolina's poorest county, where racial prejudice still rears its ugly head.
He first attracted attention when he turned a 3-acre patch of land next to his suburban abode into a magical garden, in some cases using plants that were destined for the dump.
His only formal training was a three-minute demonstration at a local nursery.
Word of Fryar's handiwork spread far and wide. Now, bus loads of tourists come to see his abstract creations, he has a teaching job at a small college, and his work has been chronicled by the national media.
And the local Chamber of Commerce is hoping that Fryar's sculptures will draw visitors to Bishopville, where the main street is littered with boarded-up stores.
Not bad for a sharecropper's son who once worked in a soda can factory.
about Pearl Fryar:
Pearl Fryar is an African-American topiary artist living in Bishopville, South Carolina.
Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has been creating fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s topiaries are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Pearl Fryar and his garden are now internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and even a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden draws visitors from around the globe.
Visitors to the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden experience a place that is alternately beautiful, whimsical, educational, and inspiring. Pearl’s garden contains over 300 individual plants, and few are spared from his skilled trimming. His extraordinary topiary is complemented by his “junk art” sculptures placed throughout the garden. Pearl’s garden is a living testament to one man’s firm belief in the results of positive thinking, hard work, and perseverance, and his dedication to spreading a message of “love, peace, and goodwill.”
In 2006, the Friends of Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden and the Garden Conservancy formed a partnership with Pearl Fryar. Through this partnership, they hope to preserve and maintain the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden and to further Pearl’s message of inspiration and hope.
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