After Olana was saved from destruction in 1966, David Huntington — the art historian who led the preservation effort — commented about how ignorant the public had been of Olana. “Olana was not a girl, not an Hawaiian drink, and not a drug,” he joked. At that time, few could have imagined the amount of restoration work which would occur at Olana over the following decades, fueled by private and public dollars. Viewed as a whole, Olana’s evolution since 1966 as a large-scale public work of art has been staggering. For those directly involved, this work has happened incrementally, one project at a time.
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Photo by Mark Prezorski, Olana’s Landscape Curator