Photo courtesy Bruce Rogovin, Courtesy Cambridge Arts Council
Sculpture has for centuries been used to accent landscape design,
but sculptors and landscape architects have traditionally plied
their trades separately. The gap has closed in recent decades:
Earthworks artists encroach on landscape architects' turf, and
landscape architects have begun to include artists in their preliminary
plans, integrating works of art into the fabric of the design.
A textbook example is the rehab last year of Franklin Street Park, a pocket park in a densely populated neighborhood not far from busy Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The site was not promising: a grubby, miniscule lot measuring 4,400 square feetmuch like the plots of the three-decker apartments crowding it on either side. Downsloping from the street and darkly overgrown, it had become a campsite for the homeless. "People perceived it as not very safe down there," recalls landscape architect Rob Steck.
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