West Petaluma based award-winning Sculptural Landscape Designer Suzanne Biaggi’s latest imagining began its groundbreaking beginnings before complete funding for the myriad of essential materials was fully secured.
“I was been invited by Cornerstone Gardens, partnering with Sonoma Ecology Center to create a public garden at Cornerstone in Sonoma,” said passionate creative, Biaggi,whose stunning works have been published numerous times in the nation’s top glossy magazines. The project has already been started and is a work in progress. “More funding is needed for the sculptural elements so I’m asking you to help me to complete this important installation,” says Biaggi, who has set up a Kickstarter page to boost the coffers in oder for the project to progress at a timely pace.
“This project represents what I am most passionate about and what inspires me . It highlights the importance of ecological balance to the future of our planet; honors the memory of my brother Phil; provides a place for discovery and contemplation; educates, by example, local restoration of native habitats; and employs universal design allowing the wheel chair experience to be same as the walking one,” says the artist.
Here are some highlights of what is happening and is planned for the project entitled ECOLOGY OF PLACE dedicated to Phil Biaggi:
It’s about restoring what was once there at Cornerstone, on the outside of Sonoma – wetlands, sometimes covered by shells washed up during high tide. “We have already excavated for the wetlands,” says Biaggi “roughed out the path and have created the runnel (ribbon of water) that will border and cross the path as it meanders through the garden.”
It’s also about what is here now –vineyards which will be symbolized by sculptural vines created from aluminum and steel wire.The ever present wind will be seen in the patterns it creates as it passes over sculptural vineyards and activates a sound element – the abstracted voices of Biaggi’s brother Phil overlaid with Neil Young -his favorite musician.
We are big fans of Suzanne Biaggi’s work and regular visitors to the extraordinary Cornerstone Gardens and welcome the opportunity to help kickstart this project. Having put in our few $$s for the recent mural painting on the side of Petaluma’s historic Phoenix Theater, it’s so invigorating to see what can be accomplished when a lot of people each give a small something to further the arts in our communities.
This particular of the artist’s Garden creations is about discovery and contemplation. A pathway snakes its way through the landscape. The entire garden cannot be seen at one time because plants from the wetlands, hedges, and berms will obscure the view. “One must travel through the garden to discover what lessons and truths it holds and come to one’s own conclusions.Custom seating and shade will be provided along the way for one to pause and contemplate.The path is designed for slow navigation and for all to be able to enjoy and participate,” says Biaggi.
“With your help we are going to create a stunning sculptural garden that will inspire and educate thousands of people in the awareness of sustainability and global warming,” she says. Sonoma Ecology Center will be leading tours through the installation to demonstrate and teach how one can restore native habitat in their own personal gardens.