Marine Drifters

This piece was created for the new Kaiser Permanente healthcare building in downtown Santa Cruz through Chandra Cerrito Art Advisors. The three panels hang over the nurses work station and add an organic flow of movement to the space. The three painted wood panels are boxed in plexiglass to protect the porcelain forms. The composition is based on the Santa Cruz County coastline and the individual pieces are inspired by the skeletal structures of radiolarians which are single cell planktons. Within all oceans are planktons, tiny marine drifters that make up the majority of all marine life in the ocean. They are the base of the aquatic food web, they trap carbon from the atmosphere and produce 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere. They are fascinating, beautiful and are vital to sustain life on our planet.

Marine Drifters | Public Art | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture