Solitary Garden Project

Tim Young is the Solitary Gardener for an innovative social justice project at University of California Santa Cruz.

Solitary Garden is a participatory public sculpture and garden project by award-winning artist jackie sumell. The project matches people who are currently incarcerated and held in solitary confinement with art institutions or universities to grow gardens on their behalf. The gardens are grown around sculptures made following the blueprint of a standard U.S. solitary confinement cell, transforms the image of confinement into a space of nourishment and hope.

Tim’s letters for Solitary Garden


Solitary Garden
Dedicated to Herman Wallace and jackie sumell

Solitary Garden
Is not just a plot of land
On the campus of UC Santa Cruz.
To the contrary,
It is an installation
An iteration
A destination worthy of gander.
Riddle it a spot
A spot where we grow crops
A spot where we grow thoughts
What kind of thoughts, you ask?
Thoughts of freedom and abolition
Thoughts of tearing down walls
And shutting down prisons.
Will into existence
A Green New Deal
Revolutionary in hue
Justice driven
Interdependent
New landscapes
No prisons.

(C) Timothy James Young

Tim Young’s Solitary Garden playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3dxjTTK4oYV4Q32SXCGNm7?si=Eq8OVYDRQhODfcikf1-uzQ