Saltscapes Book Launch at the Exploratorium

Wednesday Dec 04 2013   6:30 PM
The Exploratorium  15/17 Pier, San Francisco, CA  map

Please join Cris Benton, aerial kite photographer, and John Bourgeois, restoration ecologist and Executive Project Manager of the Salt Pond Restoration project, for a talk and book signing to celebrate Benton’s newly released book, Saltscapes. Using a kite to fly a radio-controlled camera Cris Benton has been photographing the South Bay Salt ponds for nearly ten years. Creating thousands of photographs his work combines aesthetics with scientific inquiry as his photographs have become an integral tool to understanding the restoration efforts. Benton and Bourgeois will present from their respective roles the story of this large wetlands restoration, one of the greatest landscape transformation efforts underway in America.

Free and open to the public; call (415) 528-4646 to RSVP (required). We are no longer taking RSVPs, as this event has reached capacity. Please email for more information.

Cris BentonCris Benton is a retired professor of architecture and former department chair at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was engaged in teaching and research in the Building Science Laboratory as well as a program of post-occupancy building case studies. His kite aerial photography in the South Bay began during a sabbatical year spent as artist in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and it has continued under special use permits from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The resulting images documenting the salt ponds have been shown at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Exploratorium, and the Coyote Point Museum, as well as conferences and art galleries. Benton’s aerial images have been used by over one hundred nonprofit agencies.