Lab and Lunch: Climate Garden 2085

October 5, 2017 • Noon–1 p.m.

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

Climate change is a global concern with consequences for everyone. But scientific information doesn’t always translate into political and social action—that’s the “climate paradox.” Climate Garden 2085 at the swissnex Gallery is a public science experiment offering visitors a sensory experience to help visualize and imagine effects of future climates on San Francisco’s forests, agriculture, and landscapes.

The exhibition format is the “slow medium” of a garden, a deliberate contrast to an age of information numbness. The garden becomes a narrative environment for holistic sensory immersion, telling a local story with global significance.

Climate Garden 2085 at swissnex San Francisco is realized by Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, an artist and science communicator based at ETH Zurich, who installed the first Climate Garden at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center in 2016. Her book Climate Garden 2085 will be released in the U.S. this fall and offers a look into the garden’s creation.

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller is a science communicator and artist currently involved at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. With many years' experience in museum design and public engagement with science, her work has ranged from particle physics to climate change. She also organizes workshops in which children and youth can experimentally experience and research both plant life and technology.

Ignacio Chapela

Ignacio Chapela is an Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of California, Berkeley and a Senior Researcher at GenØk, the National Center for Biosafety in Norway. Ignacio has worked as a biologist with a range of institutions and is committed to the synecological approach to both storytelling and research on microbes, as well as the local approach to ecological policymaking.

For the opening of the Climate Garden 2085 exhibition at swissnex San FranciscoJuanita Schläpfer-Miller will also present a talk on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. swissnex is located on the east end of Pier 17, across from the Exploratorium. This program is free.

This is a joint program of swissnex and the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery.