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Seed Ball Making at the Solitary Garden

Drop in to make wildflower seed balls at the Solitary Garden public art sculpture located at Elena Baskin Arts, UC Santa Cruz! No experience is necessary to join and materials such as soil, wildflower seeds, compost, and gloves, will be provided. Take seed balls to go with you to plant.

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October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

From left to right: A seedball is shown closeup, and students work in the garden surrounding a sculpture designed to appear like a solitary jail cell.

Learn about the participatory garden project by award-winning artist jackie sumell in collaboration with Tim Young, an innocent man who is currently on Death Row in San Quentin State Prison. The sculpture follows the blueprint of a 6’x9’ U.S. solitary confinement cell similar to the one that Tim has been confined to for twenty-one years. The stark cell is surrounded by a garden which Tim designed via letters and drawings to students and volunteers, who cultivate it as his proxies.

We will have a writing station at the event for participants to send a letter to be mailed to Tim.

Read more about the Solitary Garden here.

This event is limited to the campus community and not open to the public. Thank you for your understanding.
Students must be in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and the badge system for clearance to be on campus. Please wear your face covering at this event. Check your Health e-Messenger for your daily clearance.

Presented by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery.



October 19, 2021
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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