Sunday, February 3, 2008


After many incarnations of the elusive Bio Wall from Hell, it now has transformed itself into three separate eco stucco planter boxes.

The bio wall frames were taken apart and reworked . They are now veneered in 1.5 inch thick panels of styrofoam and are ready to be stucco'ed with a sulphur yellow colored plaster like veneer.

Inside each planter will be an array of succulents, restios, and bromeliads.

below is the revised sketch.
The stucco planters will match the stucco'ed shower wall partition.


Christopher C. NC said...

Well there is certainly something to be said for clean lines, simplicity and unifying elements in a design. Tropical Bali meets spare Modernism, not that there is any thing wrong with spare Modernism.

I have no doubt you will wow them at the show.

Garrett Sawyer said...

You're such a great designer! You inspire me, what would I have to go to school for to do what you do?
I already have the design/creative mentality...would Landscape Architecture be what i'm looking for?

Deviant Deziner said...

Howdy there Garrett,
I have somewhat of a non conformist education.
I didn't follow a straight path, but it was a path that has served me well.
I have formal landscape architectural , ornamental horticulture and sculpture training - all done at different schools ( some at the same time )
But my real education has always been "out in the field or in the art studio".

I loved the Landscape Architectural training for the technical and mechanical problem solving education.
And the Ornamental Horticulture classes gave me a foundation in the science of plants.
My various art and sculpture classes helped me to see the landscape as a 3_D sculptural palette.

I would check out the various environmental art classes as well as the landscape architecture classes.
Many universities now offer Garden / Landscape Design courses too.

A Landscape Architectural degree may not be necessary for the type of work you want to do, especially if you are NOT interested in doing large public spaces .

If you are in the Boston area check out The Arnold Arboretum and the Radcliffe school - They have combined their degree programs together and offer great garden design courses.

If you are on the west coast then check out Merritt Community college , Foothill College or Calif. College of Art in the S.F. Bay area or Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

If you think that Landscape Architecture might be the route for you then check out the Career Discovery Program at The Graduate School of Design at Harvard U.
I took this program when I was 16 and it helped me identify the type of design work that I wanted to do.
I'm not a corporate type of duhsigner, I'm more of the funky arty type, but I still like engineering my own projects and appreciate having the skills to do so.

If you're an artist type, then maybe custom designing your education is the way to go.

There is a phrase used in landscape architecture called " site specific design" , meaning design specifically for the location, ,,, perhaps "self specific" design will fit the bill for you , in designing your specific education for your specific needs.

enjoy the journey !

Garrett Sawyer said...

Lots of good info! Thanks!
LOL @ Duhsigner!
Yeah, I'm pretty much more arty than mainstream. I've always been the creative/technical person in the family. Having both creative and technical interests has in a way gummed up the works for me. Locally there arn't many programs that i've found at schools I can afford that combine programs.
I've always known I wanted to be a creator of something, figuring out what has been hard for me. I've had interests in graphic design, that got old because it didn't combine enough technology and art for me, then I was interested in interactive art design. After that I had an interest in wearable computing (smart clothes). My most recent interest is Landscape/Architectural design (non commercial) based on sustainability. I have difficulty choosing which path to take. My other interest is most everything Japanese! So as you can see, I'm a non conformist as well but without the certification. LOL! I don't want to hate what I do so I have never looked toward a cookie cutter career.

I don't live anywhere near any of those schools. I'm in so. cal in LA county (Pomona). I DO live really close however to A Cal Poly, Cal Poly Pomona...(1-2 miles or so)do you think they would have similar programs as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?

Again, much thanks!

Deviant Deziner said...

Cal Poly has a good ( excellent actually ) technical landscape architecture program.
I say technical because I am biased .
I went to a design school on the east coast and then traveled to cal poly to check its program out.
It was not for me. I needed a more artist / sculptural approach.

When I checked Cal Poly out it was not pushing the envelop in regards to creativity , but it was giving the students a solid grounding how to construct a landscape.

I would hire a Cal Poly student in a heart beat if I was looking for a well grounded technical employee.

The school I went to on the east coast has a reputation for a lot of good things as well as some not so good things. (good things : quality of education + excellent facilities and professors, - bad things : ridiculously expensive, exclusive and a tad bit snobbish to say the least )

It ( Harvard ) highly emphasized cutting edge design , design theory and how to talk the archi-speak talk and walk. ( being an effective communicator is more than half of the job in design )

Based on the little that we have shared with one another I bet you will custom design an education to your needs.
A degree is a good thing to have but not necessary.

You strike me as an Andy Goldsworthy kinda guy.
Have you familiar with his work ?

I highly recommend a documentary called Rivers and Tides.- it is about his work.

They might have it at Blockbuster or your local library.