Monarch Garden

“Monarch Garden” is part of an environmental art sequence integrated into the Ventura Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve. This presentation board shows how the artwork improves habitat, connect people to the water in and around the site, and reveals the links between human building techniques and animal architecture. This artwork’s forms are influenced by its location along the Pacific Flyway and by monarch butterflies—their flight paths, life cycles, and migratory patterns. Ribbon-like plantings, pathways, and walls dart, bank, and swerve to define a series of connected outdoor spaces. These are ideal spots for educational or social gatherings as well as respite for individuals. This artwork is part of “Cinematic Frames & Progressions”—an Art Vision Plan that recommends outdoor rooms, viewing platforms, pathways, and habitat enhancement for a 40-acre ecological reserve. Conceived as cinematic frames and progressions in the landscape, an environmental art sequence is focused on the integration of ecology, placemaking, and aesthetics.