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Three Laughers and Six Friends: Designing Contemporary East Asian Gardens in the USA

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 315A Wurster Hall | Note change in time


Marc Peter Keane

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


The cultures of gardening in East Asia are among the most ancient in the world and are still vital to this day. Garden designer, Marc Peter Keane, who lived in Kyoto, Japan, for nearly 20 years will discuss the process of distilling and reinventing East Asian gardens for settings in the United States. The talk will look at two of his gardens: the recently completed Tiger Glen Garden at the Johnson Museum of Art and the Six Friends Garden designed for the Cornell Plantations. The Tiger Glen Garden depicts the tale known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen, an allegory in which people overcoming differences of creed to find a unity of friendship. The Six Friends Garden is a contemporary expression of Japanese, Chinese and Korean gardening and literary culture.

Tiger Glen Garden wins the Golden A' Design Award (A-Prime Design Award)

The Tiger Glen Garden at the Johnson Museum of Art was chosen for the Gold level of the A' Design Award (A-Prime Design Award). The A' Design Award, based in Como, Italy, is an international award that aims to highlight the best designs, design concepts and design oriented products & services.

The general public announcement of the A' Design Awards will happen on April 15th. In the meantime a summary of the Tiger Glen Garden award can be seen here: http://adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=27677



Photo by Alan Nyiri. Tiger Glen Garden.


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