California’s own Sea Ranch Chapel blends architecture with nature in a unique expression. Designed by James Hubbell, it took local artists, craftspeople, and contractors 9 months to complete. The work was done using a model and sketches instead of construction plans. Contractor Thamby Kumaran had experience working on ships which was instrumental in completing the project.
Hubbell has been creating art for the last eight decades using a wide variety of materials. His work is inspired by nature and has found expression in churches, museums, homes, schools, and even a palace to name a few.
Despite losing nearly everything in the 2003 Cedar Fire, one of the largest and most destructive wildfires to hit California, Hubbell rebuilt and expanded.
Friendship themed public parks, part of his Pacific Rim Parks project are located around the world. At age 87 he still works in his studio every day.