SOL Grotto art installation at Botanical Gardens

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UC Botanical Gardens Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden July 14, 2012 - January 20,2013 Shots taken on August 26, 2012 Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello are the artists of exhibit 4, titled SOL Grotto Exhibit located near Strawberry Creek in the Californian Area/File

UC Botanical Gardens Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden July 14, 2012 - January 20,2013 Shots taken on August 26, 2012 Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello are the artists of exhibit 4, titled SOL Grotto Exhibit located near Strawberry Creek in the Californian Area/File

UC Botanical Gardens Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden July 14, 2012 - January 20,2013 Shots taken on August 26, 2012 Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello are the artists of exhibit 4, titled SOL Grotto Exhibit located near Strawberry Creek in the Californian Area/File

The SOL Grotto, which is part of the garden’s Natural Discourse exhibit, was constructed from glass tubes engineered for Solyndra, the Fremont solar-panel company that filed for bankruptcy last year after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government.