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改自 哈佛景觀系教授Michael Van 1991年作品

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Published on Jun 24, 2010

An elegant private garden was created by Van Valkenburgh for art collectors whose primary focus is contemporary British sculpture. Adjacent fo a large flower garden, the sculpture garden is only 2,500 square feet overall, andthus its elements are scaled to its relatively small size. The landscape architect maintains that in Los Angeles cypress trees are consistently used as boundary planes-seldom to define space. He wantd to use then to make space and so he generated an expanded grid in which the very narrow cypress trees occur about seven feet apart in one direction and fifteen feet apart in the other. The trees are located at the cross points of the grid in three rows. An aerial hedge, created with ficus trees that have been limbed very high, encloses the west side of the garden. Behind them is a galvanized mesh scrim for jasmine and Boston ivy that runs the length of the garden. Paths of crushed black granite lead to the sculptures and a central terrace is formed of cracked black granite and manganese bricks.

The heart of the garden is a twelve-foot-tall, two-foot-wide water wall cut from the same quarry stone used for the terrace. A slow film of water runs over the washboard-like surface and the water moves in and out of its crenellations. Trees, paving, paths, water, and sculpture together create an exceptionally calm, cool environment suited to the pleasure of quier contemplation.

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