All Happy Now (Humboldt Version), formed earth, redwood bender board and (eventully), grass.
Work on the 100 foot diameter spiral ziggurat was begun in the previous fall. After several months of wet winter weather, it became possible to continue work in early February, 2005, but only with the use of a 4-wheel drive Jeep generously donated by master olive maker - Henry Robertson.
Most of the bender board was placed in the spring and the long process of moving topsoil onto the mound with a shovel and wheelbarrow was begun.
The track, difficult to use the word road, up to the site in those days, was so muddy and filled with deep ruts that access would have been impossible without Henry's kind donation. It led me to say one of my better quotes: "All real art involves the use of a 4-wheel drive vehicle."
Visitors and the Interns. Most of the time, from 2004 until the fall of 2008, I worked alone. Just me and my shovel and wheelbarrow. Occasionally I'd rent a small tractor. Sometimes there was much appreciated help from volunteers. These three came from the Museum Studies program at Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt).
All Happy Now is located at the eastern edge of the Humboldt Botanical Gardens (up at the top of the hill), just south of Eureka at the College of the Redwoods campus.
For more information about the Humboldt Botanical Gardens: HBGF
All Happy Now (the Humboldt version) is the second realization of a project first planned in the late-1990's. Selected for the 2001 Netherlands sculpture exhibition, Sonsbeek 9, by curator Jan Hoet, it was constructed to different dimensions (smaller) using Corten steel as the riser material. For images and more information: see 2001.
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