Marine Drifters - CODAworx

Marine Drifters

Submitted by Jenni Ward

Client: Kaiser Permanente

Location: Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Completion date: 2022

Project Team

Art Advisor

Virginia Tominia

Chandra Cerrito Art Advisors


Jenni Ward

Earth Art Studio


Marine Drifters was created for Kaiser Permanente healthcare building in downtown Santa Cruz through Chandra Cerrito Art Advisors. The individual ceramic pieces are inspired by the skeletal structures of radiolarians which are single cell planktons that have intricate skeletal structures. The composition is based on the Santa Cruz County coastline. The three panels hang over the nurses work station boxed in plexiglass to protect the porcelain forms and add an organic flow of movement to the space.
Within all oceans are planktons, tiny marine drifters that make up the majority of all marine life in the ocean. They are the base of the aquatic food web, they trap carbon from the atmosphere and produce 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere. They are fascinating, beautiful and are vital to sustain life on our planet.


The client was requesting nature based works by local artists.