Bay of Life

An exhibition by Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom that brings land and sea together for a unified view of Monterey Bay and its natural abundance.

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January 21–April 30, 2023

Solari Gallery
2nd Floor

The Bay of Life is a unique confluence of land and sea, energized by the sun, shaped by the forces of fog and fire, and influenced by the actions of people.

“We know of no other place in the world where land and sea connect
in such an extraordinary way.”
–Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Monterey Bay is the hottest hot spot for biodiversity in all of North America, according to The Nature Conservancy. It is a place of giants, from redwood forests on land to forests of kelp offshore. Monterey Bay supports iconic wildlife from secretive mountain lions to majestic blue whales. All survive in a region where far-flung migrants mix with rare local species that live nowhere else in the world.

This exhibition brings land and sea together for a unified view of Monterey Bay and its natural abundance. That richness is due to a unique mix of physical features and microclimates, shaped by the powerful influence of the ocean—and by the actions of people.

After the Gold Rush began, a great demand for natural resources stripped the land of trees and depleted the sea of marine mammals and fish. But that ecological collapse has been reversed in our time.

Bay of Life celebrates a remarkable recovery which shows that damaged ecosystems can be restored when people care and take action together. That may offer a model for other places at a time when we need such stories of hope as we face new challenges of resource stewardship, habitat connectivity, and impacts from climate change.

Header Image: Humpback Whales, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, photo by Frans Lanting.

Meet the Artists

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Photographer

Frans Lanting

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Chris Eckstrom

Writer, Editor & Videographer

Chris Eckstrom

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Gallery

Big wave surfer, Half Moon Bay, photo by Frans Lanting.

Psychedelic Jelly, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, photo by Frans Lanting.

Redwoods, Molino Creek Farm, photo by Frans Lanting.

Año Nuevo Island Reserve at the northern end of Monterey Bay, photo by Frans Lanting.

Waddell Bluffs in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, photo by Frans Lanting.

Steelhead Support, Scott Creek, photo by Frans Lanting.

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