SITE: San Francisco, CA

SCOPE: Permanent installation featuring wayfinding and interpretive elements

Gondwana Garden, or the ‘Forest of Gond’, is a meeting point and place created for telling the stories of the southern hemisphere continents’ natural history and the diversity of life forms that they share. Each element in the Garden provides an interpretive and experiential opportunity.

Important to our understanding of this site was its visibility from the path as one approaches, the garden circle as a place to occupy and rest, the aspect of physical scale, the element of time and change experienced through diurnal and microclimatic cycles, a sense of stillness, a sense of mystery, a sense of delight, a sense of discovery and a sense of belonging to the gardens.

Our goal is to create a place that tells a larger story of phenomena and geological process, through intimate contact with this place.