2023 - 41st Anniversary: Celebrating Noguchi Garden’s: A Hidden Oasis Among High Rise Buildings Using Natures Elements: Rock, Water, Tree.. NEW
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Other Events At This LocationIsamu Noguchi's Garden of Stone - Artist Isamu Noguchi, Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
A Closer Look into the Sculpture Garden that is a hidden gem in Irvine California. Noguchi Gardens is a tranquil oasis set amongst the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is easy to walk right by it without realizing that behind the scores of buildings sits a tiny world of it’s own. The site was commissioned by philanthropist Henry Segerstrom, who had parlayed his family’s lima bean fortune into a South Coast Plaza mall on one side of his family’s property.
In the late 1970’s Segerstrom decided to expand even more of their land into a small office park. He asked his good friend and well-respected artist, Isamu Noguchi, to provide a unique garden with installations hidden inside the towering office buildings. The end results were seven sculptures scattered across 1.6 acres grounds, each representing a different region in California.
There are 6 pieces representing various elements in California: “Forest Walk,” “Land Use,” “Desert Land,” “Water Source,” “Water Use” and “Energy Fountain”. Then there is a surprise piece called “The Spirit of the Lima Bean”, which is an homages to the Lima Bean fields that once sat here.
This secret gem is a lovely place to balance energy and reflection. It is a wonderful juxtaposition of straight and curved, hard and soft, wet and dry, smooth and rough, lines and shapes. There is a master blend of simple and complex.
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Parking structure next to garden - Ave of the Arts
A secret sculpture garden just a couple blocks from South Coast Plaza.
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Anniversay: May 1982
1) Source: https://hiddenca.com/noguchi-garden/
2) Valerie Takahama: https://www.orangecoast.com/features/celebrating-noguchi-gardens-40th-anniversary/ (Image source)
Thursday, 1 June, 2023
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