Temporary Garden—Ongoing Maintenance is an ever-evolving rock garden installed at 120 Folsom St. and tended to daily by the artist Vanha Lam.

This site documents the process of planning, building, and maintaining the rock garden.


The installation, a 527 square foot rock garden, expands on the theme of transformation present across Vanha’s body of work. The field of stone suggests construction debris of past infrastructure, including the now-dismantled Embarcadero Freeway.

This project is a continued investigation into the nature of unfolding, a process whereby materials, space, light and gesture alter the work over time. A meditative aspect exists in the ritual practice of labor by Vanha who visits the garden daily to maintain the grounds.

This project is a community effort and acknowledges the generosity of its donors.

Program supporters

Production support from [working]
Space at MIRA provided by Tishman Speyer
Local support by The East Cut CBD


Photography by Danica Taylor
Website by cunning–folk



Ivar by Letters from Sweden
DM Mono by Colophon Foundry

Special thanks to

Adrian Broz, Blake Conway, Danica Taylor, Daniel Lucas, Grayson Stebbins, Hien Lam, James Leng, Jeff Masamori, Joshua Jenkins, Kevin Corcoran, Lienhoa Hoang, Lynn Conway, Mai Adachi, Marcos Kohler, Micah Spear, Minhhan Lam, Pierre Lagarde, Russell Conway, Ryan Norton, Tamara Chu, YiYu Plants

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