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Future Gardens

At the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure I have designed outreach materials, and was the project manager for several Future Gardens. Future Gardens are both scientific experiments and works of art. They are meant to empower the public to care for the wellbeing of their own bioregion in the face of the overwhelming experience of climate change. We now have Future Gardens started on the Tibetan Plateau in China, the High Sierra mountains in California, and at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. We are in the process of designing one for downtown Los Angeles and the city of Aberdeen in Scotland. The central question asked in each Future Garden exhibit is: what plants will live in your bioregion when the temperature increases and rainfall becomes more erratic? In collaboration with local botanists, we are working to answer this question by choosing naturalized plant ensembles and testing their resilience under increased temperatures. All this occurs in a sculptural public garden and art exhibit with a surprising poetic narrative running through it.

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 The newly finished greenhouse domes built by the Force Majeure Center in collaboration with the Institute of Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. This work is entitled  Future Garden for California's Central Coast.  I have helped with fundraising, project management, experimental design and research development. I have also designed promotional materials for telling the story of the garden. This exhibit opened to the public in May 2018.

The newly finished greenhouse domes built by the Force Majeure Center in collaboration with the Institute of Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. This work is entitled Future Garden for California's Central Coast. I have helped with fundraising, project management, experimental design and research development. I have also designed promotional materials for telling the story of the garden. This exhibit opened to the public in May 2018.

 Sketch of Newton Harrison and I walking through the imagined finished landscape of the  Future Garden for the Central Coast of California  site.

Sketch of Newton Harrison and I walking through the imagined finished landscape of the Future Garden for the Central Coast of California site.

 A beautiful work day at the Future Garden site making a dream come true.

A beautiful work day at the Future Garden site making a dream come true.

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 This aerial photograph was taken from a small four seater Cessna airplane that Newton Harrison commissioned in order to "see" the landscape with his own eyes. It is of the Linn of Dee watershed which is a potential Future Garden site in north-east Scotland. I also travelled to the Linn of Dee for this project, photographed and filmed the area extensively, did research, and designed this layout as an introduction to the Future Gardens concept.

This aerial photograph was taken from a small four seater Cessna airplane that Newton Harrison commissioned in order to "see" the landscape with his own eyes. It is of the Linn of Dee watershed which is a potential Future Garden site in north-east Scotland. I also travelled to the Linn of Dee for this project, photographed and filmed the area extensively, did research, and designed this layout as an introduction to the Future Gardens concept.

 The first stage of designing and visualizing a Future Garden for the La Brea Tar Pit Park next to the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) in downtown Los Angeles.

The first stage of designing and visualizing a Future Garden for the La Brea Tar Pit Park next to the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) in downtown Los Angeles.