Solitary Garden is a socially engaged art project by award-winning artist jackie sumell at UC Santa Cruz, which features a sculpture made following the blueprint of a standard U.S. solitary confinement cell with a small garden planted around the edges. The garden has been designed by Tim Young, who is currently incarcerated in San Quentin and has spent a minimum of twenty-two hours-a-day for the last fourteen years in a prison cell so narrow he cannot fully extend his arms. The results are a powerful statement of against the inhumane practices of solitary confinement and mass incarceration in the United States that asks us to instead, as the artist explains, "imagines a landscape without prisons."
Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, 2017-ongoing, by Newton Harrison (b.1932) and his collaborator and life partner, the late Helen Mayer Harrison (1927–2018) and the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure is a combination art installation and scientific study was produced by the IAS in collaboration with the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Online tools for this innonvative art and science project include a video tour, an interview with Newton Harrison, and brief guidelines on how to grow your own garden with an eye on the future.
With teaching and learning now being done remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis, it doesn’t take long to begin to miss the UC Santa Cruz campus. For those of us who have been lucky enough to visit, learn, research, teach, or work at UC Santa Cruz, we know the university is one of the most beautiful colleges in the world. While teaching continues online, we can find ourselves wishing for walks amongst the redwoods, the stunning views of the Bay, and the shared experiences of being on campus with friends and colleagues. In the hopes to ease this longing, if only a little, we are pleased to be able to share with you a collection of campus stories, history, sites, and experiences that can be experienced virtually. Collective Museum, a project by artists Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman, and Nolan Calisch, features a collection of stories from faculty, staff, students, and alumni about 50 sites on the UC Santa Cruz campus.