Jarred-In is a hydroponic garden I designed and built for The Exploratorium, a museum of art and science here in San Francisco. The plants are housed in life support pods that are suspended from a chandelier like metal armature, their roots swimming in illuminated, water filled boxes. A central pod rests on the ground that houses several dwarf plants under its dome, while tall Plexiglas reservoirs attached to the pod's side constantly circulate water through the whole system.


Jarred-In was modeled on the techniques and aesthetics of the Wardian Case, which was used to transport living plants from one continent to another during the 18th and 19th centuries. I also wanted this technological garden to look like the swarm of alien ships that appear at the end of the film Close Encounters of The Third Kind.

16' x 12' x 12' Plexiglas, steel, water, electronics, plants, etc.