Sylvia Watts @ UC Botanical Gardens

I recently photographed landscape artist Sylvia Watts’ installation at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens entitled  “Garden of Mouthings”.  The title comes from the Sylvia Plath poem “The Beekeepers Daughter” which served as the central theme and inspiration for the work and was also etched by Watts into a large stone tablet that rests at the center of the piece.  Watts collaborated with UC Berkeley entomologist Gordon Frankie and insect photographer Rollin Coville to create the bee hive inspired structure that is tucked into the surrounding flower gardens teaming with native and non-native bees and other pollinators in the hopes that it will educate the public to their importance in the ecosystem.  For the San Francisco Chronicle.

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