Eco Art in the Gardens

Recycled Surfboard Mosaic Art

What do you get when you mix the spectacular backdrop of the San Diego Botanic Garden with regional artists trending towards recycling and renown architect James Hubbell? A world-class event in our own backyard! Previous patrons of now defunct venues such as Nofufi Gallery flocked to see their favorite visual artists at this past weekend’s third annual Garden Expressions show. James Hubbell delivered a fascinating speech about chaos and order in garden design. To round out the event, Bob Ballentine & Friends performed live and The Flavor Chef served up delicious organic treats.

The Art:
Love, loved the sparkling recycled surfboard art by Cherrie La Porte. Do you have an old surfboard in your garage collecting dust bunnies? Cherrie can give the board new life by transforming it into a vivid mosaic masterpiece using fused and stained glass. She also makes exquisite jewelry and teaches numerous workshops throughout the year. Visit for more information.

Artist Cherrie La Porte

Rick Hartner’s wonderfully whimsical metal creations are made entirely out of recycled materials. Rick also now hand-builds ceramic bowls for his lovely freestanding birdbaths. A former operations manager at Solana Recyclers, Rick became interested in metal sculpture after creating easels in the shape of engaging characters for a conference out of junk recovered from the 32nd Naval Yard. The easels were such a hit that Rick switched careers and never looked back. He now creates work for public areas, wineries and private collectors throughout the southwest. To learn more and inquire about a private commission, visit

Recycled Metal Bird SculpturesAbstract Recycled Metal SculpturePelican Recycled Metal SculptureCeramic Birdbath Bowl

Rodney McCoubrey of Encinitas Library fame (his fanciful fish grace an interior wall) skillfully turns trash into treasure. Rodney also inspired a community sculpture using recycled materials. Show attendees were encouraged to participate in this work-in-progress. See more fun stuff at Rodney’s website:

Artist Rodney McCoubreyRecycled Metal Creature Sculpture

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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