"All Happy Now" begins construction at the Humboldt Botanical Gardens.
An Exhibition in Nordhorn, Germany.

A solo exhibition at the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn, Germany.
A page dedicated to that exhibition (on this website) is HERE:

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Please follow this link away from this website to the German gallery website:

Städtische Galerie Nordhorn


There is an PDF version of a magazine article with additional photographs here:
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"All Happy Now" (Humboldt)
After a presentation (including 3D models) to the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation Board of Directors back in 2001, several years of fundraising, and countless hours of planning, work finally began on "All Happy Now" in August of 2004.

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"All Happy Now", 2004-2008, 100 foot diameter ziggurat of earth and grass.
Initial heavy equipment landscaping, August 2004 Layout - grading stakes. Early September Beginning to shape the risers.  The 88 year old, mother of the artist, Hazel Santino, sits atop the mound.  September, 2004 Placing the 6 inch redwood bender board for use as risers. Placing the 6 inch redwood bender board for use as risers, mid-October. After placement of silt fencing and erosion control fabric, mid-October.

"Magnificent Failure"
Since this was also an outdoors project I thought I would include it on this page instead of the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn page.
One of the projects that was part of the solo exhibition in Nordhorn Germany in May of 2004, was this arrangement in growing grass set up on a large mound just outside the gallery building. Plugs of a fast growing turf were placed into the existing grass in a Braille Code pattern spelling out the title of the exhibition "Magnificent Failure". If all went well, the Braille dots would be left uncut and stand out from the background. Sadly, the project failed (?) due to either poor grass growth or a misunderstanding about maintenence.

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"Magnificent Failure", 2004, cut grass.
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