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
Since August 2019, Tim has written letters to students and staff at UCSC about the garden that is being grown on his behalf. Read about how the garden fosters Tim’s hopes of growing a movement to end solitary confinement.
Articles about Tim and Solitary Garden
Dedicated to Herman Wallace and jackie sumell
Is not just a plot of land
On the campus of UC Santa Cruz.
To the contrary,
It is an installation
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
(C) Timothy James Young