Blogpost #3 with added revision and post #4

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Revised Post #3

The Getty center museum houses wonderful art and is home to impressive architecture, everywhere you look you seem to see something new and different. For a first time visitor, I felt overwhelmed and confused. This all changed as soon as the landscape architecture tour started, the beginning of the tour focused on the small gardens located within the museum courtyard. The second phase focused on a piece of living work of art located within the central garden; it was created by artist Robert Irwin. Robert Irwin completed this sculpture in 1997. This work of art has many different elements that make it unique and extraordinary. The central garden was designed to challenge all of your five senses. Upon entering the central garden the first thing you notice is all the different types of plants, while also hearing the sound of running water hitting rocks and flowing down stream. As you make your way down to the central azalea maze, you are forced to walk down a path that is in a zigzag form. This path makes you move in a way that creates rhythm. Its pattern consists of spaces that are empty to over designed areas. For example, one side of the path can be filled with trees and running water, while on the other side it can be just plain grass and open space. While moving down the path you can also smell curtain plants, from the simple pine smell to a strong garlic smell. Another way the plants challenge your senses is by them having different textures, many of the plants had a unique texture ranging from soft to rough. Just by the few examples given all of the five senses were taken into consideration when creating this living sculpture. This garden is clearly a good example of a site specific design but also is an example of practical design.

Original Post #3

The Getty center museum has wonderful art and impressive architecture, everywhere you look you seem to see something new and different. For a first time visitor and visiting all by myself, I felt overwhelmed and confused. This all changed as soon as the landscape architecture tour started, the beginning of the tour focused on the small gardens located within the museum courtyard. The most impressive piece of landscape architecture was the living work of art located within the central garden; it was created by artist Robert Irwin. Robert Irwin completed this sculpture in 1997; it has many different elements that make it a unique and extraordinary work of art. The central garden was designed to challenge all of your five senses. Upon entering the central garden the first thing you notice is all the different types of plants, while also hearing the sound of running water hitting rocks and flowing down stream. As you make your way down to the central azalea maze, you are forced to walk down a path that is in a zigzag form. This path make you move in a way that creates a rhythm or pattern. Its pattern moves from empty to over designed areas. For example, one side of the path can be filled with trees and running water, while on the other side it can be just plain grass and open space. While moving down the path you can smell curtain plants, from the simple pine smell to the strong garlic smell. Many of the smells reminded me of food which made me want to get some pizza or something from the museum café. Another way the plants challenge your senses is by them having different textures, many of the plants had a unique texture ranging from soft to rough. Begging to be touched and caressed. Just by the few examples given all of the five senses were taken into consideration when creating this living sculpture. This garden is clearly a good example of a site specific design but also it is an example of good design.

Post #4

The Getty center has impressive works of art within its walls. The one piece of art work often overlooked is the piece entitled “The Central Garden” with was created by Robert Irwin. It is located outdoors in the middle of the Getty center; it’s considered a living work of art because it was created to be enjoyed as a live painting. Before entering the central garden the first thing you noticed is the path that weaves in a zigzag pattern, as you begin your descent towards the bottom of the garden you begin to notice important details that add to your experience. Water hitting stones is what fills your ears as you enter the first phase of the garden. Walking from left to right a pattern emerges; your eyes begin to be overwhelmed by tress and other plants. Then out of nowhere it all stops and vast open empty space is seen. This pattern is consistent until you reach the end of the zigzag path. Once it ends a choice is given, choose a path to the left or to the right; ultimately both paths are the same and end up in the maze of azalea. Before reaching the azalea maze the sound of water hitting rocks diminishes, the water empties into a small pond. The path that encircles the pond is filled with plants that have unique scents, ranging from strong garlic smells to sweet soft flower scents. Once the end is nearing, an astonishing view is presented of the zigzag pattern path along with the textures and shapes of the plants adjacent to the path. The overall experience is concluded with the last and final choice which is how you will exit the garden. The most common way to exit is to experience the zigzag path once again, this time the sound of water is low and gets intense as you find the exit. Having experienced the live work of art of Robert Irwin one is left inspired with what care went into creating a multi-sensory experience.

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