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Kathryn Miller
Seed bombing the Raytheon Plant, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992

Kathryn Miller   Seed bombing the Raytheon Plant, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992
Kathryn Miller   Seed bomb germinating, Santa Barbara, CA, 1992
Kathryn Miller

Seed Bombs

Compressed soil and seeds of locally native plants

Santa Barbara, California

I designed these portable seed bombs for landscape re-vegetation purposes. They were thrown out into areas that were degraded, physically abused, or in need of vegetation. As a form of urban and suburban guerrilla activity, it was a small scale, non-sanctioned intervention in the landscape. The seed bombs were made available to museum visitors to take and throw somewhere they felt needed native plants, and in the process they assisted me with my project.

The bombs contained seeds native to the area I was working in. I have made thousands, all hand packed. Sometimes I collect the seeds myself; sometimes I buy it from special seed companies. Native seed is expensive and I often have to rely on writing grants to support this activity.

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