Nature-Based Sculpture Program

The South Carolina Botanical Garden features one of the largest collections of nature-based sculptures in the country.  The extended-ephemeral pieces were each designed on-site by international artists and built by local volunteers and students within one month. Upon completion, the pieces begin to return to nature, so while many may still be found in the Garden, others have disappeared without a trace.

For information about the artwork and artists, visit Sculptures & Artists.

For information about the program's history, the terminology used in this type of work, and the program in general, visit About the Program.

For further information about the program and its future, or more information about current conservation of the pieces or tours, contact Sculpture Conservator Jeanne Briggs at 864-656-2458, or email


Touch the Earth Series Available on iTunesU

Several videos have been produced for eTV showcasing the sculptures, their construction and the artists. To download and view the Touch the Earth video series, visit the South Carolina Botanical Garden's page on Clemson's iTunesU. First, visit Clemson's portal for iTunesU at Click on the button to Log In No ID Required. Once on Clemson's iTunesU page, click on the butterfly graphic to access the S.C. Botanical Garden's page.

Help us Write the Book

Several Clemson staff members are working to compile a book about the nature-based sculpture program in the SCBG. They are seeking memories, experiences or photos from anyone who has visited, interacted with or helped build any of the sculptures.  If you have any stories or photos to share, please email Dylan Wolfe at  Thank you!