This landscape in Norwell, MA is based on the this painting, Arch and Point, by Kandinsky, and is an example of my process called Art Garden. This is a process where I study the work of an artist or a specific work of art and apply those elements and principles to create a three-dimensional expression of that art.
Red arch – Conrete sitting wall
Blue circle – black fire pit on stones
Brown triangle – brown deck
Long black line – line of Crab Apple trees
Yellow circles – lemon thyme
Red triangles – red shrub roses
Checkerboard – square pavers
Wavy lines – ornamental grasses
The red arching wall offers a high contrast backdrop to the sculptural fire pit, which is a cast iron sugar kettle from South Carolina. It’s rim sits on top of two of the boulders, while fitting into a notch of the third boulder, creating an asymmetrical, funky balance, typical of Kandinsky’s work.
The swirling shape of the front stones gives the composition a sense of movement, while the variegated Sedum offer a structural contrast to the red wall, and can tolerate the hot dry microclimate of stone mulch and the concrete wall.
Boulders excavated from the site during the construction of the house were used for this diagonal staircase, which flows up through the long line of Spring Snow Crabapples. Therip-rappy stone wall is a jumble of wild nature among the clean lines of the modern patio area. Red Carpet Roses, Pennisetum Hameln, and Lemon Thyme pop up between the stones.
The checkerboard pattern is continued behind the house with the square planting beds, back door deck landing, and recessed hot tub. The Japanese Maple breaks up the expanse of pavers and divides the different areas of the patio in a subtle way. See how elegant the stone stairs look in contrast with the clean geometric lines?
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