Saturday, May 21, 2011

Field Trip: The Button King Museum

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About 15 or 20 minutes away from Pearl Fryar's topiary garden in Bishopville, SC, is the home of Dalton Stevens, a/k/a the Button King.

view from the road
Albert refused to go inside until he flossed...

the outside of the museum

the mannequin that greets you

Stevens suffers from insomnia. One night, while unable to sleep he began sewing buttons onto his clothes. From there, he began to decorate hats, glasses, cars, a toilet, a bathtub, and even his own casket.

a piano covered in buttons!
a closeup of the button lightswitch (you can barely see it in the piano photo)
the button bathtub

closeup of the "bath water" complete with rubber duckies

the button throne
the outhouse

a sink to complete the bathroom set

the button hearse... which will probably carry the button casket (below)

The museum is situated in the middle of rural Bishopville. It is right next to Stevens' home and what appeared to be some sort of church. The museum is only one room, but it's a treat to visit!

button artwork, framed and hanging on the wall

Stevens' button clothes

the button car!

Stevens wasn't there when we visited, but his coffee was still sitting on the ground next to his chair. When we parked, his dog ran over to greet us and begged to be petted!

Stevens' button guitar

the Button King's latest project; a grandfather clock

You can learn more about the Button King at his website.

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