Located directly on the Pacific Ocean coast line,
the land of Swanton Ranch is unique among Cal Poly's land holdings.
Existing over two-hundred miles directly north in the greener world
of Santa Cruz County, the land here stands in dramatic contrast
to the mild grassy hillsides surrounding Cal Poly. Featuring dense
Redwood forests, year round wetlands, even sandy beaches, Swanton
Ranch offers Cal Poly a different window with its own view of how
humans, plants, and land interact.
This website is intended to encourage visitors to
consider the relationships between the different textures found
at Swanton Ranch. By engaging in such an exercise, it is possible
for individuals to better understand the place and their own relationship
Any trip to Swanton Ranch will leave the visitor with
a distinct sense of a wide range of textures. The layers of texture
found there are often mixed together, creating many juxapositions,
meaning textures with opposing meanings. The main textures this
site will explore are ones which demonstrate such juxtapositions.
simplicity's sake, we have broken the many layers of texture into
a few categories.
and Decaying Human Works
Plants and Decaying Human Works
Stone and Water