Nov 24, 2003 — Artist and theme park creator Arto Monaco passed away late last week at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Monaco had just celebrated his 90th birthday and was famous for designing magical places like the Land of Make Believe and Santa's Workshop. He spent the final years of his life living and working in Upper Jay. But his artistic creations were North Country landmarks - from Old Forge to Wilmington to Lake George. Brian Mann visited Monaco's workshop last winter.