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2010-08 Design Portfolio
"Transforming the Ordinary into Beautiful Works of Art"
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A small area on the side of a mountaintop with the added challenges of limited accessiblity and a steeply pitched and slippery cobblestone driveway  = creative solutions to create safe passage way from upper to lower levels and increase the spatial space.

Moss Cloud Garden                       AFTER
Mountainside Installation in Thomaston, Ct.
The process of defining just what a garden is, how it relates to a property, and also remains an expression of the owner's relationship to the natural world, is reflected in this installation.  Historically, the relationship to a garden space has been perceived over the course of time in increasingly spiritual, aesthetic and intellectual manners.      
This heightened awareness led to creations of gardens through which a designer expresses an idealized vision of nature and our place in it.  No-where is this more anti-climatic then in a Japanese inspired garden, where the space creates a theatre for the breezes to speak, and to our delight we find that the breezes have words of peaceful solitude and serennity.
The cedar stepway leads to the upper Japanese Garden area which features a ying-yang floating pathway, a moss island of boulders and cypress, a pure white sand.
Asymmetry is intrinsic to Buddhist thought. There is no perfection in the world; imbalance is what creates all movement and energy.  The exact center is never occupied.  Thus, the location of the floating ying-yang pathway which also also increases the sense of spatial space as it appears to be floating over the soft raking of the textured sand. The pathway is symbolic of the journey through life.
For effortless entry to the lower levels, the pathway becomes a ramp and then a series of platform steps to the cobblestone turn around.
A thick Bamboo trellis was used to cover the ugly concrete foundation.  You can just make out the foundation in the uppermost photo on the left. The canes are an example of mushin or 'empty heart' (the empty heart provides strength through flexibility).  The bamboo was ordered to match the color of the trim stain on the house and to also continue the ongoing line or flow of the house covering.
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