Alta Picks: Sculpture Hikes

An artists’ residency hides artwork in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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angela willetts

Tucked into the hills of Woodside, half an hour south of San Francisco, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program invites creators of all types to live and work on the property during monthlong stays. The grounds of this former cattle farm are dotted with sculptures—donated by former residents—that shape and are shaped by the landscape. Among them: a defunct boiler made to resemble a fallen tree, fairy-tale creatures hidden in a redwood forest, and a cluster of bright ceramics in a flowing creek. Each Sunday during the summer and fall, Djerassi docents guide visitors on hiking tours of the 583-acre property. These groups max out at 20 people, so reservations are encouraged.

This article appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Alta Journal.

Jessica Blough is an assistant editor at Alta Journal.
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