Wallace Group’s own Matthew Parker shares about his experience working on a highly visible project! We are proud to have Matthew as part of our Landscape Architecture department and get to enjoy his fantastic work every day.
Backstory: While at Cal Poly I interned with the Caltrans’ District 5 Landscape Architecture Department. I worked on a wide variety of projects while I was there, but the one I spent the most time on was an interpretive display project aimed at installing interpretive signage for a series of Vista Points along Highways 1, 101, and 154. There are a total of seven viewpoints stretching all the way from the Arroyo Hondo vista point just outside Goleta, to the La Selva vista point near Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, the two vista viewpoints in Big Sur will probably be unreachable for a long time.
The project was a collaborative effort between myself and my supervising landscape architect, along with Caltrans architectural historians. I contributed considerably to each display’s content, designing the board layouts, color scheme, writing much of the text, traveling to libraries and historical societies all over the central coast for research, securing permissions for borrowed content, and creating many of the info-graphics and other graphic renderings. Even some of the photographs are my own. It was a truly rewarding educational experience I will always cherish and one I’m grateful to see people enjoy while traveling along our scenic highways.