Posts Tagged ‘Art-Science Fusion’

On November 1st, the footings for this project were dug by Civil and Industrial Services team members and operating engineers Alan Mazzoleni, Matt Hayes and Armando Garcia.

Yesterday the concrete foundation for the central wall was poured and set by Contractor Steve Stombler and his crew.

The addition of Nature’s Gallery Court to the west end of the Arboretum is sure to be a draw for visitors to the campus and the Arboretum; it will serve as an example of how our UC Davis community of volunteers and sponsors supported this installation with their time, creativity and donations.

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Nature’s Gallery Court construction has begun! The design for this courtyard was created by UC Davis alumnus Ron Lutsko, recent recipient of an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. His plan highlights the Nature’s Gallery mural–a creation of many hands–through a collaboration between the UC Davis Arboretum and the Art-Science Fusion Program.

Photo of UC Davis Nature's Gallery Court Rendering.

The Nature’s Gallery ceramic mosaic mural is a stunning work of art composed of over 140 tiles—hand-crafted by students, staff, faculty, and community members—each showcasing diverse drought-tolerant plants or insects found in the Arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Garden.  Not only did community members help create the art, they also helped fund its installation.  Their donations also support the campus’s Art-Science Fusion program which serves as the catalyst for this and similar community art projects.

Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture is project managing the overall installation of this unique venue. The photo below shows Steve Stombler, Contractor, laying out the plans in preparation for the footings which are scheduled to be dug next week by Civil and Industrial Services. The project is located at the west end of the Arboretum just off Garrod Drive, near the Arboretum Teaching Nursery and Veterinary Medicine.

Photo of Steve Stombler begining construction on Nature's Gallery Court on the UC Davis campus.

Between the academic Art-Science Fusion program that brought this concept to life, all the individuals from students to community members involved in its artistic creation, and the administrative coordination involved in seeing this project to fruition, this installation has truly been a team effort!

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Oak grove seating wall tile art

In the Art-Science Fusion Program, formal lectures and workshops are balanced with time in the Arboretum gardens and art studio.  Community members work alongside undergraduate students to produce art that expresses scientific concepts.  These works, in turn, are used in the Arboretum’s public education programs.

You will be given the skills and materials to carve, paint, and glaze a cove piece to contribute to the ceramic tile surface of a 50 foot curved concrete bench at the entrance to Shields Oak Grove. The tile installation will highlight 43 steps in the life cycle of an 800 year old English oak.  You may select an image of a wildflower, mushroom, bird, mammal, or insect from the English oak woodland to depict on your cove piece.  The finished ceramic bench will serve as an outdoor classroom and gathering area for tours of the Arboretum’s nationally recognized oak collection.

Join Art/Science Fusion instructors Donna Billick and Diane Ullman in creating tiles for a permanent installation at the UC Davis Arboretum!

WHO: UC Davis students, Arboretum volunteers, and anyone with an interest in art and science!

WHAT: Creation of ceramic tiles of plants, insects, and wildlife

WHEN: Tuesday evenings, October 4 – November 15, from 6 to 9 pm

WHERE: The Lab + Studio = Labudio (Environmental Horticulture Building, Rooms 126/128)

RSVP: Please contact Emily Griswold at ebgriswold@ucdavis.edu to RSVP

No previous experience necessary.  Materials, tools, and instruction will be provided.  Wear old clothes and shoes, and come create some tiles!

DIRECTIONS: The Labudio is on the UC Davis Campus. Visitor parking is available for $7 in UC Davis Visitor Lot #5 at the corner of A Street and Old Davis Road.  From Lot 5, walk west along Old Davis Road, toward the Mondavi Center. The Environmental Horticulture Buildings will be on your left. Walk inside the central courtyard to find Rooms 126 and 128, the Art/Science Fusion Labudio rooms.

Questions?  Contact Emily Griswold at ebgriswold@ucdavis.edu or 530-754-8038.

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Special preview parties held on August 25 and September 10, offered Nature’s Gallery donors an insider peek at plans for the Nature’s Gallery installation.  The 60+ guests attending each event enjoyed the chance to experience how the tiles were designed and created, walk the layout of the site, see the construction plans, learn about the design of the surrounding planting beds and mingle with other supporters and staff.   Arboretum Director Kathleen Socolosky officially welcomed and thanked Nature’s Gallery donors and the exceptional partners and participants who made this project possible.  On September 10, a number of donors in attendance also shared the personal stories of their tile dedications during the program.  The wide range of stories was touching and varied – honoring living loved ones, memorializing family members, leaving a mark in a place they loved – and captured wonderfully the many ways that people feel connected with the Arboretum.

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