Landscape architect Mikyoung Kim, ASLA, draws on training as
a musician and sculptor to create unique fencing for art-oriented clients.
By Marty Carlock
C/O Mikyoung Kim, ASLA
The house overlooking Farrar Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts,
is architecturally unique, and its owners wanted a fence to match—something
unusual. Already on site to design the grounds, Mikyoung Kim, ASLA, was asked
to design a fenced dog run for their German shepherd. Luckily, Kim is also a
Kim knew chain-link was out of the question, yet she felt
the fencing had to be see-through—no wooden slats, for instance. “I began with
the idea of creating some kind of system,” she recalls.
“I had been watching nature videos with my son (then three)
about cellular construction.” She conceived the thought of a fence that looked
organic. Her earliest drawing was two-dimensional, but its form evoked leaf
shapes or skeletal structures. Instead of vertical bars, the barrier employed
parallel bars slanted first one way and then the other—not alternately, but
growing and diminishing, changing direction like the veins of a leaf.
Kim studied sculpture in college, but her first love was
music, particularly baroque music. And particularly Bach.
“My major concentration was in counterpoint,” she explains.
“So I was thinking in terms of structuring the fencing like that, working with
a set visual rhythm and producing variations on it...being systematic and being
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