The Liu Lobby Gallery: Seed to Sky

Thursday November 9, 2023 - Friday December 29, 2023

Seed to Sky Liu Lobby Gallery UBC

The Liu Lobby Gallery presents a 7 week-long exhibition featuring an art installation of UBC SALA – Architecture Department Alumni Parker Albanese, Emilia Brasdefer, Boris Chan, Tom Foster, Vinayak Gowda, Ellen Harper, Ranveer Singh Sandhu, Yang Yu.

Exhibit: Nov 9 – Dec 29, 2023

Opening Reception: Join us on November 9, 2023 at 6:00pm for a special evening where you can meet the artists, discuss the creative process, and enjoy light refreshments.

About the Exhibit:

‘Seed to Sky’ interrogates the assumption that simply planting trees is an inherently good act. Rather, this exhibit demonstrates how the exploitation of the tree as a disenchanted raw material has resulted in the creation of vast extractive forested landscapes that are ecologically hollow. By exploring the perspectives of trees as complex beings with their own agency, entangled with the world in profound ways, they can be understood as more than a renewable resource, but as profound educators – demonstrating how humanity may work together with nature to build deeper connections to the Earth.


The artists of “Seed to Sky” are a group brought together through the Master of Architecture program at UBC, with previous backgrounds ranging from Earth Sciences and Sustainability to Sociology to Political Science. Their shared passion for design enables them to synthesize these interests through art as they seek to create and imagine positive futures. Previous works include installation, drawing, and design projects that traverse scale and media to explore human relationships to the more-than human world. As they live and work within the shared, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, they see the historic and ongoing development of the city as inseparable from a resource extractive economy that is dependent on the consumption of Nature. The work of these collaborative artists strives to better understand, critique, and re-envision this cycle.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular building hours, 9am-5pm. It is located in the Lobby on the first floor.

Curated by Fabiola Vizcardo.