Verde Oscuro is a video mapping projection masking  the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) facade at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in combination with an installation of live native California plants, that was displayed the 2nd May 2013.


Verde Oscuro is a metaphor about the history of a site that a building occupies today. The piece last 13 minutes using video and music that evoke the ecological history of DARC’s place in three eras: the past, the present, and the future. While the live plant installation indoors and outdoors intends to create an environment to perceive and feel the inherent goodness of plants but also to disperse native California plants in order to raise environmental community awareness.


Verde Oscuro seeks to channel a message: in the same place that was occupied once by a redwood forest and today houses a building, we can create in the future a green building surrounded by native plant gardens and green roof and walls.  I believe that envisioning the history of the Digital Arts Research Center’s space as a redwood forest some hundreds or thousands of years ago and being aware of the current architectural structure, enables us to imagine a future building living in harmony with nature.