Finding Mary

The story of Mary on the Half Shell and other lawn shrines told through photos by Denise Bass and quotes from shrine keepers.


"It's just something to keep the house protected. She’s watching over our home."

Theresa's mom kept the shrine at her home in East Providence for 30 years. When her mom died, Theresa moved it to her home in Exeter.


"I built the trellis around it with PVC pipe. Come back when the roses bloom in June. It's so beautiful."

Adelino takes pride in the work he's put in to his garden, which feature more than one lawn shrine.


"Mom, that's so Portuguese."


"It's staying."

Helen, keeping a promise she made to her mother that as long as she lives she will never remove her shrine to Mary.


"Chances are nobody's gonna break into your house if Jesus is lurking around."