Three Gardens was set on the grounds of the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA). This installation was based on the gardens of British row houses. The Gardens reference the small front yards of these houses, the formal frontspieces to modest dwellings. They are as formally conceived as the grander gardens of stately homes.
The site of the Gardens was chosen so that they could be seen from above at the museum building, a view that highlights their architectural design. The Gardens themselves offer a view of the more naturalistic grounds of the museum. They are small intimate spaces in contrast to the wide expanse of the surrounding grounds.
This project was a prototype for a larger project, The Nine Garden Maze. The DeCordova Museum maintained this temporary installation for 20 years.
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