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    New Art/Sci Installation

    "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"

    A garden featuring crested cacti

    During the week of March 5, we are installing a cactus garden near the new Biodesign 3.


    Stay tuned for more details!


    This garden is a part of The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project; a collaboration with the Maley Lab, the Aktipis Lab, and Surrey Gardens (London).


    Support for the garden comes from the National Cancer Institute, the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, ASU Biodesign Institute, ASU Office of the University Architect and Facility Management Grounds Department, MOORE / SWICK Landscape Architects Partnership, Trueform, and Airpark Signs.




    Glossophaga sorcina or Pallas' Long-tongued Bat, a nectar drinker.

    Genetic mutations can create new and sometimes beautiful forms of life, like the crested cacti featured in this garden. Cells in these crested cacti get mutations during development that make them start growing out of control, creating beautiful sculptural forms as they develop. This condition is similar to cancer in humans and other animals. Part of being a multicellular organism means having cells that divide and can mutate during development. This is a garden of optimism because many forms of life - like the beautiful cacti in this garden - live with mutated cells.