Sculptor Sees Santa Cruz Island as Particle Garden

Sculptor Len E. Burge III has applied his interest in particle physics to a recent series of sculpture, which he explains is an attempt to visualize the “seemingly invisible that is in a sense, the island of Santa Cruz.” His intriguing look at this island just off our coast can be seen in The Particle Garden, an exhibition of his sculpture at the Museum of Ventura County December 2 through March 3, 2013.

The Particle Garden is one of three exhibitions opening December 2 at the museum that focus on different artistic impressions of the Channel Islands. Island Treasures: Artworks from the Santa Cruz Island Foundation includes works by 19th and 20th century painters including Richard Diebenkorn, as well as today’s new generation of plein air painters. Tidepool Discoveries: Images form a Different Point of View shows what interests photographer Dan Harding, whose macro-portraitures capture tidepool life at the islands.

Burge’s interests have led to his career as fine arts sculptor and fine arts fabricator, video director and art director, animator and prototype creator. He has worked on projects which include Claymation for Xbox 360; “Metropolis II,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and films such as “Batman 2,” “Jurassic Park,” ”Edward Scissorhands,” “Predator 2,” and “Terminator 2.”

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.