Monday, October 17, 2016

Learn about the beauty of Karesansui: Japanese Stone Gardens Old and New

The Greenwich Historical Society is hosting a special cultural landscape lecture at the Vanderbilt Education Center located on 39 Strickland Rd. in Cos Cob by Marc Peter Keane November 3. The doors to this lecture will open at 6:30 p.m. when light refreshments will be served.  The 45 minute lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The focus of this lecture will be on Karesansui: Japanese Stone Gardens Old and New.

Marc Peter Keane, internationally known garden designer and author will describe the history and tradition of karesansui gardens—those enigmatic arrangements of stone and sand—exploring how they came into being and why they are designed the way they are. Beginning with their early roots in sacred stones, iwakura, he will show how these gardens developed into the highly stylized forms we see today in Japan and around the world.
Keane will also discuss his own work designing contemporary karesansui gardens including the Spiral Garden built in Kyoto Prefecture's oldest extant residence (a designated cultural property), the Tiger Glen Garden at the Johnson Museum of Art, and the recently completed courtyard garden in Manhattan called Thrust!
Marc Peter Keane is a landscape architect based in Ithaca, New York. He lived in Kyoto, Japan, for 18 years, designing gardens for private individuals, companies and temples, and continues that work now from his studio in Ithaca. He has authored four books on the subject of karesansui. More about his work and books can be found at his beautiful website. 
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