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John Ehn, CA

 

John Ehn, untitled, c. 1970; mixed media. John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection, gift of Kohler Foundation Inc.

John Ehn, untitled, 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.