Diana Hobson, an artist working with nature and the environment

‘UBIQUITOUS SEED’, an environmental installation in the Arboretum, UC SANTA CRUZ, CA

‘Ubiquitous Seed’ is a thirty-foot/nine-meter diameter circle of radiating arcs, echoing the Ancient Egyptian symbol for the seed. At it’s center is a ‘sitting stone’, a quiet place for one to step out of the mayhem of our world. Take the pathway leading to the center to sit, to contemplate, to meditate, or to just be.

The initial inspiration for the work arose from a concern that we are losing the essential diversity and quality of our seeds. Seed Banks holding the worlds precious and ancient seeds, crucial to our healthy survival, are being destroyed in war zones around the world and are now at risk from global warming. As we have seen recently, the global seed bank buried deep in the permafrost at Svalbard, in Norway’s Arctic, was recently flooded by melt water, due to an excessive rise in temperatures in the arctic this winter.

Central to ‘Ubiquitous Seed’ is the wider symbolism of the ‘seed of life’ holding the blueprint for a new Humanity, guardians of a vibrant and healthy planet.

Sonoma fieldstone, wood chips, (from Cypress trees, victims of recent winter storms) gravel, Rhyolite central stone.


Diana Hobson’, Ubiquitous Seed, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, Art in the Arboretum: environmental Installations, filmed and edited by James Clark – jamesclarkproductions.com


Installing Ubiquitous Seed: Video, Susana Arias, curator and organizer, Art in the Arboretum, UC Santa Cruz, CA:


Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault, Svalbard, Norway.


Art in the Arboretum
MAY 20 — NOV 17, 2017