Category Archives: Smiley Zen

Google Maps!

Smiley Zen on Google Maps! Smiley is now officially smiling for the world to see! Google typically updates their satellite and terrestial images for an area every 2 to 3 years. I registered with Google Geo shortly after Smiley Zen … Continue reading

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First Aerial Photos

Smiley Zen from the Air I wrote an e-mail to the officers of a local flying club called Flying 20 Club out of Danbury, Connecticut (www.flying20club.org). I told them about Smiley Zen, and asked that if any of their members happen … Continue reading

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Smiley Zen’s Birthday

Smiley Zen’s Birthday Smiley Zen was completed on March 21, 2012, just in time for Spring. So from now on, we will commemorate its birthday on this date. These pictures were taken on its first full day. As usual, it … Continue reading

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Filling in the Face

Face, Eyes and Mouth After a few days of laying down the Belgian blocks, the outline of the face, eyes and mouth were finally complete. Now, the face was ready to be filled in. Filling in the Face First, black … Continue reading

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Outlining Smiley

Belgian Blocks Belgian Blocks were used to outline Smiley’s face, eyes and mouth. They are about 9″ x 5″ x 5″. They are made of granite and make an excellent edging material. These rectangular blocks will hold the black gravel … Continue reading

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Leveling the Site

Site Preparation Completed Grass Roots and the crew have been working for a few months on site preparation. Now that this phase of the project has been completed, I thought it would be a good time to thank them. They have done … Continue reading

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Clearing the Trees

Smiley Zen Area Cleared Most of the area for Smiley Zen has been cleared. About 6 tons of boulders were brought in and used as a retainer wall to secure the lower grade so that it can hold the fill, … Continue reading

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