Dec 7: Playa to Paseo Installation Celebration in San Jose – Santa Swarm! (‘Ho-Ho at HaHa’)

Playa-to-Paseo celebrates the installation of two most recent Burning Man art projects: 12-foot monumental word sculptures of ‘Ha Ha’ and ‘XOXO’ that will be at San Jose City Hall and Hammer Theatre Plaza respectively.  The grand-opening celebration is on December 7, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and you can enjoy locally sourced food and drinks from the Veggielution Food Hub and performances by Fou Fou Ha.

WHAT: Join the Southbay Burners Santa Swarm celebration, Ho-Ho at HaHa! Come in your favorite Santa Suits and burner attire for photos with the HaHa installation!

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, California 95113


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.

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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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.