A building that represents landscape art deserves to attract additional funding to deliver a quality landscaping design and treatment.
How many works of art reflect a love of the landscape? And doesn’t art reflect the soul’s need for balance? Seldom do you see a painting’s subject in the middle of a canvas without some sort of entourage to give it context. So how does it happen that public art houses go without entourage?
They end up being cold and impersonal, in spite of their tour de force architectural design. The fact that landscaping stops at the steps is puzzling as well.
Think of the Louvre
The Tuilleries introduce it with a flair and inside there is a warmth that one feels and keeps you there—with lunch to enjoy in the aforesaid gardens.
It would be interesting to research the average stay in the Australian buildings we look at here. They don’t seem to welcome visitors, nor do they seem to want to keep them there. There are benches, on occasion. However, the ambience is missing. How to mitigate the situation is fairly easy and doesn’t have to cost even a small percentage of the building.
Grey is said to be the best friend to art and that’s true. However, it’s a cold color and needs assistance—especially when there is so much of it. With added seating and greenery, the space takes on added dimension and extends an invitation. Rather than acting like a circulation space, it holds visitors with character. Care can also be taken to ensure that greenery lives above the sight lines of the art.
The Gallery shown here is an interesting design and even though the initial impression is somewhat daunting, the roofing material seems to balance that first image.
More can be done to the setting to celebrate the building – a nice path of Australian fern up to the entrance is a great way of doing it. Against all the grey, their splash of color is an inviting announcement to the entry. Perhaps more ferns inside is also needed where there is an abundance of natural light.
Their slender trunks and branches will stay well out of the viewing area if they keep to the center of the gallery space. Plus, in years to come their fronds will peak above the signage… Won’t that be fun?
Admire Tall Spaces
Just not empty tall spaces, because they tend to make us humans feel very tiny and insignificant. There have been some complaints about this building and perhaps it’s not the building so much as it might be the lack of human scale and a natural relationship to the world that surrounds it.
Here are our friends the Australian fern again. They are used so frequently because they are a fairly hardy species and so very graceful. There is enough room for them to grow and spread their feathers in this space. They would be grand in front of this building as well.
The art world loves the natural essence of plant life. Therefore, it should be a natural backdrop for the world of art. Bring a little bit of life to your landscapes by making use of pots and planters.
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