PAST EVENT: Dec 7, Playa to Paseo Installation Celebration – Santa Swarm! (‘Ho-Ho at HaHa’)

WHAT: A celebration for the two most recent artworks of Playa to Paseo will be held at Hammer Theatre Plaza on December 7, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come in your Santa Suits for photos with the HaHa installation!

Two More Art Pieces from Burning Man will be Exhibited in San José – The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs and Burning Man Project are pleased to announce two artworks, XO and HaHa, by Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schomberg, will come to downtown San José as part of the Playa to Paseo partnership. Installed at San Jose City Hall and Hammer Theatre Plaza, respectively, XO and HaHa will be up from October 20, 2018 through February 28, 2019.


Playa to Paseo is a three-year partnership between the City of San José and Burning Man Project to site temporary artworks throughout San José as an invitation to play, engage, and participate in art-making city-wide. Previous work showcased through the initiative includes the high-energy light installation Sonic Runway, the whimsical penny-bear Ursa Mater, and the contemplative mechanical female figure Tara Mechani.

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 6pm-8pm

WHERE: Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, California 95113



In a July 2018 interview with Laura Kimpton, Stacey Ravel Abarbanel’s writes:

Kimpton’s metal letter piece XO stands at 12-feet tall, and HaHa at 12-feet with 6-feet lowercase a’s, both symbolize freedom from fears and self-doubt.

Why “Ha Ha …”? Says Kimpton: “I communicate with my own language. I don’t use vocabulary, I don’t use grammar.” “Ha Ha …” is her favorite refrain, how she laughs via text and also her exhortation that people should lighten up in troubling times.

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