Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News h a rd s c a p e s Located 30 miles north of Charlotte, N.C., is the quaint college town of Davidson. Picturesque tree lined streets and a walkable downtown attract businesses, visitors and new residents to the area. The Saturday morning Farmer's Market, summer free concerts on the Village Green and the 'James Beard' award-winning Kindred restaurant are just a few of the attractions located in Davidson. Despite the developments of downtown, an overlooked 30' x 60' space, beside the library and along Main Street, remained vacant for several years. On this spot, a large 40" caliper water oak inhabited the space and stood testament to the historical significance of the area. The tree had been badly pruned and was showing signs of stress. With little to hold the soil in place, gradual erosion was exposing tree roots and creating ruts throughout the space. Something had to be done. The Davidson Art Commission sent out a request for quotation, or RFQ, asking for landscape architects and artists to team together and present ideas for a new "Children's Book Garden" Public Art and Landscape Design Project. The goal of the project was to provide a gathering spot for both locals and tourists along Main Street. The commission requested that new public art was to be installed in this high profile location. They wanted the installation to be both a gathering spot for neighborhood to use, as well as a location outside the main library where children's events, such as book readings, could be held. I spoke with several artists who mistakenly felt that the space was too small for anything other than a single piece of art. So, I teamed with Lydia Musco, an artist and instructor at Davidson College. It was exciting for me to work with an artist who understood the idea of creating context for art. Her medium is concrete that can be made to look like beautiful soft folded stacks of paper or cloth. I felt it was the perfect complement to our Reading Garden project. ( www.lydiamusco.com ) by W. J'Nell Bryson, J'Nell Bryson Landscape Architecture The Book Garden Situated in the small town of Davidson, N.C. (population approximately 13,000), the 30' x 60' space adjacent to the public library underwent an artistic renovation. The design consisted of sculptural seating along a brick wall, pervious pavers around an existing oak and quotes, found in children books, designed and constructed by metal artist Ben Steele, under the seat.

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