Photo By: Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, The Hamptons, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Photo By: Melinda Myers
Photo By: Steve Martino
Photo By: Andre Baranowski
Modern Sculpture Garden at Night
Landscape architect Steve Martino tried to exploit every opportunity he could find to make this sculpture garden an extension to the house. This small land-locked garden in Arizona had been separated into two levels by two sets of stairs and dominated by boulder retaining walls. Now, features such as a water channel create a visual axis from the entry door to the prized Kaneko ceramic sculpture.
Three Sixty Design created fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces for a client in suburban Denver, and the Colorado American Society of Landscape Architects gave it a 2014 honor award for residential design (over $100,000). The design makes the dream home a living work of art, with actual sculptures among a water feature in one portion of the 3-acre site.
When adding sculpture to a garden, some homeowners and landscape designers select a pair of sculptures to make an impact. The Native American "Nakomis" cast sandstone statuary, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and reproduced by Nichols Bros., is facing its partner, "Nakoma," on the stairs of a Georgia home.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
A Georgia garden incorporates designs and statues loved by the homeowners, including Pacific Northwest style in the form of conifers and sculptures, like the one to the right, which are reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright pieces. The statue is a Nichols Bros. reproduction of Wright's "Midway Sprite" collection.
The owners of this Arizona property wanted an elegant and modern outdoor space that related architecturally to their house and would be used for entertaining in a gallery-like setting. The two large sculptures were pieces the owners had in storage, and they were incorporated into the award-winning design by landscape architect Steve Martino.