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This fall, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will unveil "Game of Thorns," an exhibition focused on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over the course of millennia, endless duels between native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibit will feature these living fortresses and will showcase the weaponry of California's great botanical "houses" that defend themselves with honor, chief among them: House Agave, House Cactaceae, House Legume, and House Rosa.

 

A Grove of Thorns
A Grove of Thorns

This project will fund the creation of four unique thorns - one for each of the major houses. We will cast multiple versions of each thorn to create a grove of these gigantic spikes that visitors can explore in the Garden. Real thorns will be 3D scanned, printed at huge magnification and then cast in glass. Each thorn will measure 36" in height and will be lofted off the ground and lit in spectacular fashion! If funded, we can create at least eight of these surreal sculptures!

Help us make Game of Thorns legendary and inspire people to connect with their environment through art. Choose your side on the botanical battlefield! Join a house; sponsor a legend.

 

Receive a pin at the $50 support level or collect them all at the $250 level.
Receive a pin at the $50 support level or collect them all at the $250 level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants in the world and is spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California.

Lucinda earned her Ph.D. in botany from Duke University and has worked previously in academia (University of Arizona), natural history museums (the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia) and in science administration (the Organization for Tropical Studies). Lucinda's research focuses on the large (>4000 species) plant family Acanthaceae. The very name of the plant family means THORN and many of them are tough customers who stand their ground - much like thistles only worse! Others have the plant hairs modified to form nectaries that feed ants in exchange for protection, another way that plants are able to hold the line against the on-slaught of would-be predators. Lucinda joined RSABG in Fall 2006 and became the Executive Director of the Garden in 2013.

 

 

 

 

After our initial goal is reached we hope to create a forest of thorns. Check back for more information!

Risks and challenges

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) produces five exhibits annually onsite. The Garden staff behind this exhibition and Kickstarter installation goal have helped to launch and fulfill several of the biggest, most complicated outdoor exhibits RSABG has ever had. We've spent months preparing because we believe that these sculptures will make the exhibit unique to us! As with all large scale projects, there are can be possible delays, but we have done our due diligence with the fabrication vendors and are confident that if we are funded, we can open the Grove of Thorns installation when the main exhibit opens in the fall. Note that the images of the thorn sculptures are computer generated. The actual glass sculptures may vary slightly from our conceptual images.

By backing this campaign, you'll become a part of the process. During and after the campaign we hope to keep you involved, whether through updates of the installation or upcoming events and exhibits happening at RSABG.

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