Kaleidoscope D

Daniel Tran, UC Davis

By combining art and ecology in public landscapes, Kaleidoscope D cultivates experiential, contemplative connections to nature and makes them more commonplace for everyone. Accessible, everyday kaleidoscopic and microcosmic views of natural phenomena like metamorphosis, migration and indigeneity cultivate new perspectives, empathy, and hope in the face of our uncertain and interconnected future.

Kaleidoscope D is a lightweight geodesic sculpture that repurposes irrigation tubing to act as a flexible trellis for the native riparian California Pipevine (Aristolochia californica), the sole host plant for the California Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor). It is a public sculpture that acts as a butterfly sanctuary that would be situated between the Tri-Coops Community Garden & the Sprocket Bikeway.