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Experience the captivating blend of art and nature at Ilan-Lael Foundation's Spring Tours, exploring visionary creations of founder James Hubbell in Santa Ysabel

Story courtesy of Ilan-Lael Foundation

Photos, left by Kristin Kjaero and Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2023 (Santa Ysabel) - Immerse yourself in the enchanting and fantastical world of renowned artist and architect James Hubbell, founder of the Ilan-Lael Foundation at the 2023 Spring Tours. The world-famous compound will open its doors to visitors every Monday, Friday, and Saturday until June 17 with tours running at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Located in the stunning hills of Santa Ysabel, California, Ilan-Lael offers a unique and captivating experience for art and nature enthusiasts alike. Built “from the earth up” as living and working spaces for himself and his family, Hubbell spent over two decades creating the awe-inspiring structures. Despite losing four of the Ilan-Lael buildings in the 2003 Cedar Fire, Hubbell, his family, and team came back stronger and rebuilt with the help of the community. Their Spring Tours provide a rare opportunity to explore this extraordinary space, where Hubbell’s vision can be seen and felt.

“We are committed to honoring James Hubbell's extraordinary legacy through the Ilan-Lael Foundation, ensuring that his remarkable works continue to inspire and captivate audiences,” says Marianne Gerdes, Executive Director of the Ilan-Lael Foundation. “Through our efforts, we aim to expand awareness and appreciation for his artistic vision, fostering a deeper understanding of the profound connection between art, nature, and sustainable design. We are proud to share James Hubbell's legacy with the world, inviting others to experience the magic and beauty that his creations bring."

James Hubbell, a renowned artist and architect, has a deep-rooted connection to nature and a profound belief in the power of art to inspire and transform. With a background in fine arts and architecture, Hubbell's vision combines the organic beauty of nature with sustainable design principles, creating unique spaces. In addition to his volunteer work for many community projects, Hubbell helped for more than 30 years with the design and hands-on construction of two schools in under-served neighborhoods in Tijuana, Mexico, and in 1994 helped bring to life the Pacific Rim Park concept which involves seven countries around the world.

His dedication to art, nature, and community led him to establish the Ilan-Lael Foundation, which serves as a platform to promote his artistic legacy and continue his mission of fostering creativity and environmental stewardship. Through the Ilan-Lael Foundation, Hubbell's extraordinary works and artistic vision are preserved, celebrated, and shared with the world. The Ilan-Lael Foundation relies on donations to support its mission of preserving James Hubbell's artistic legacy. These donations are crucial in sustaining the foundation's programs, initiatives, and the maintenance of Ilan-Lael, ensuring the continued inspiration and enrichment of others through Hubbell's visionary works.

Step into a realm of imagination as you wander through the awe-inspiring structures, sculptures, and gardens that make up Ilan-Lael. Marvel at the organic shapes, intricate details, and vibrant colors that define James Hubbell's artistic vision. Each corner of Ilan-Lael reveals a new surprise, inviting you to delve deeper into the artist's creative mind.

During the Spring Tours, you will gain insights into James Hubbell's artistic process and his dedication to sustainable design. Discover the foundation's commitment to promoting art, nature, and community engagement through its various programs and initiatives including The Watershed Explorers program, student tours and workshops, and incorporating the work of James Hubbell into college art and architecture curriculums.

Whether you are an art aficionado, architecture enthusiast, or simply seeking inspiration in a serene setting, Ilan-Lael's Spring Tours offer an unforgettable experience. Don't miss the chance to witness the magic of James Hubbell's creations up close. Tours are limited to small groups and last approximately 90 minutes.

To book your tour and learn more about Ilan-Lael and the Ilan-Lael Foundation, visit their website at Embark on a journey through art and nature at Ilan-Lael.


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