In the spring of 1969, the treehouses that sprung up on a rural plot of land on Kauai emerged as a safe zone for those in search of perfect surf and “good vibes” in a world gone crazy. Rising on the stone terraces of an ancient Hawaiian village at the mouth of Limahuli Stream, Taylor Camp may not have heralded the Age of Aquarius, but many young visitors from around the globe arriving in the late 1960s and 70s, remember the treehouse community as “the best days of their lives.”
Rejecting the values of their parents, then re-inventing them with long hair, marijuana, and a vegetarian, "clothing-optional" lifestyle, the flower-power Campers developed a whimsical experiment, ostensibly living a back-to-the-land ethos of fishing and farming, while propped up with food stamps and welfare.
Lehua Island, an uninhabited bird sanctuary, can be seen in the middle of the horizon.
From the 2020 LA ART Show Limited Edition collection of archival digital prints signed, titled, numbered, and dated by the photographer, these wood-framed photographs are approximately 29 x 23-inches and meet all Library of Congress standards with non-glare, UV protected Museum Glass over 100% Cotton RagMat and backing board. The collection is a limited edition of twelve with several pieces already acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stanford University as well as private galleries and collectors. Wehrheim's historic Taylor Camp photos are the most complete and evocative documentary of a sixties and seventies counter-culture community and represent "the ultimate hippie fantasy".