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John Ehn, CA

 

John Ehn

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(1897–1981)
c. 1970 mixed media
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of Kohler Foundation Inc.

John Ehn

untitled

(1897–1981)
c. 1968 mixed media
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of Kohler Foundation Inc.
 

1897–1981

John Ehn owned a lodge in California from which he ran a successful motel and rental unit business. Inspired by the work of an artist he had hired for a small project, Ehn decided to populate his property with brightly painted, larger-than-life concrete characters from the “Wild West.” Ehn’s vivid sculptures constitute a collection that he named “Boot Hill Cemetery.” Honored as a historical site by the State of California, Ehn’s environment also included thousands of artifacts from his early days as a trapper.