Altar of Alice Eastwood

Altar of Alice Eastwood  


All of my recent work has been centered around the San Andrea's Fault. I've gone on field trips and taken photographs, researched its' history, and listened to audiobooks about the potential future of the fault. This particular installation is homage to a woman named Alice Eastwood. 

Alice Eastwood was the curator of the botany department at the California Academy of Sciences. When the magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook San Francisco in 1906, Eastwood risked her own life to save these plants from the fires that consumed the city. With complete disregard to saving her own belongings from the fires that claimed the city, Eastwood managed to save 1,497 rare specimens. She is the reason these plants still exist today. Alice Eastwood is the heroine of the Earthquake of 1906.