Working with Artists
How landscape architects can best choose artists to collaborate with them
By Regina M. Flanagan, Associate ASLA
Artists’ ideas have inspired landscape architects and have transformed the
profession throughout the history of landscape architecture. In fact, many
of the innovative works of landscape architecture and urban design seen in
Landscape Architecture involve collaborations between practitioners
and visual artists.
The public art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, first manifested in landscape
works by Robert Smithson, Robert Morris, Nancy Holt, and others, was later
advanced by artists such as Mary Miss and Richard Fleischner in works for
urban settings. The efforts and social interests of artists, combined with
publicly or privately funded programs for artwork in public places, laid the
groundwork for the collaborative approach between the professions in practice
What can artists bring to your landscape architecture project? What is it like
to work with artists? How can you select artists to work with you? The answer
to these questions depends upon a project’s particular circumstances and scope.
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