16′ x 12′ x 12′ Plexiglas, steel, water, electronics, plants, etc.
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 while tall Plexiglas reservoirs attached to the pod’s side constantly circulate water through the whole system.
Beautiful on the Inside
The central pod was called “The Mothership”, home to six dwarf impatiens, and used to demonstrate what was going on above the peoples’ heads. The lip of the dome was built to the average child’s height that visits the museum.
Jarred-In was modeled on the techniques and aesthetics of the Wardian Case, a crude form of the modern terrarium which was used to transport living plants from one continent to another during the 18th and 19th centuries.