Seventy hollow, handbuilt ceramic forms in more than forty colors and in three different shapes and sizes signify the range of extraordinary colors hidden among the mounded shrubs of the endangered Coastal Sage Scrub and Marine Chaparral. Surviving on fog drip in an otherwise arid coastal desert, these plants fill a national park’s ochre sandstone valleys and ravines that drape in pleats and folds from the peninsula plateau down to the ocean. Ignored by park visitors driving through intent on reaching the tidepools, lookout, or lighthouse, from a distance they’re unassuming masses of drab brown, gray and green. Bright spots of these colors are only visible when you hike into the vegetation.
Image credit: Peg Callihan & Bernie Pobiak