Art Gardens

The Art Garden method of Landscape Design…

is a process where the outdoor environment's design is based on the the work of a specific artist or work of art, or incorporates multiple art forms into the space, including sculpture, music, dance, performance art and experiential elements. A client who loves Matisse has their landscape designed with serpentining lines, bold Mediterranean colors and shapes reminiscent of his cut outs, and sculptures evoking his Blue Nude. Another brings a Kandinsky painting to life with geometric shapes and strong primary colors

An art museum with a Rothko exhibition has its courtyard done in geometrical plantings which reverberate with similar color relationships and layers.


Delaunay Garden

 

 

This property is inspired by Sonia Delaunay's painting, Disc Composition, with a theme of circles and waving ripple patterns, which are echoes of the front door and the shallow waters of the harbor behind the house.  The whole property has a sense of flow and ripple, with a complimentary color scheme of yellow and blue.

This stone sculpture was made from a boulder on site

This stone sculpture was made from a boulder on site

 

Klee Garden

This landscape design was inspired by the painting 'Ancient Harmony', by Paul Klee. The grid pattern was used in the paved walkways but also in the planting beds by creating color blocks filled with plants of a single bloom or foliage color. Dark evergreens surround the property boundary, offering privacy while echoing the dark perimeters in the painting. The color-filled planting beds seem to glow in contrast to the dark green surround. 

Even the lawn is mown in different patterns to create a checkerboard pattern. 


Kandinsky Garden

Correlations from Painting to Landscape            

Red Arch - Red Concrete Sitting Wall                            Blue Circle - Black FirePit on Stones                              Brown Triangle - Brown deck                                         Long Black Line - Line of Crab Apple trees                    Yellow Circles - Yellow Chairs                                         Red Triangles - Red Shrub Roses                      Checkerboard - Square pavers                                        Wavy lines - Ornamental Grasses

 

 
Disc Composition, Sonia Delaunay

Disc Composition, Sonia Delaunay

 
 
 

This painting has a grillwork of bilateral inverted symmetry, emphasizing complementary color relationships. Surrounding darkness gives way to shimmering light emanating from the center. 

Kandinsky, Arch and Point, 1923.  Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper. Guggenheim Museum, New York Scanned image from Kandinsky, The Journey to Abstraction, Becks-Malorny, Ulrike, 2003. Taschen, Koln.

Kandinsky, Arch and Point, 1923.  Watercolor, ink and pencil on paper. Guggenheim Museum, New York Scanned image from Kandinsky, The Journey to Abstraction, Becks-Malorny, Ulrike, 2003. Taschen, Koln.

 
The circle in the front door is mirrored on the bluestone landing, with pieces of rippled brownstone interspersed.

The circle in the front door is mirrored on the bluestone landing, with pieces of rippled brownstone interspersed.

The shallow waters of the harbor create ripple patterns as the tide changes

The shallow waters of the harbor create ripple patterns as the tide changes