A garden installation by Pamela Burton
"Even though it is right under our feet, the earth is a living organism that we generally ignore." Pamela Burton
Built in 2004 when Cornerstone Sonoma opened as the Cornerstone Festival of Gardens,
landscape architect Pamela Burton's installation, Earth Walk, demonstrates an emotionally resonant physicality.
At ground level, bales of straw contribute to a sense of enclosure, while the space itself reveals a massive wedge carved out of the terrain.
Approaching, the eye focuses on a central expanse of billowy Mexican feather grass. Enter, and follow the inclined ground plane alongside the grassy swath to the floor of the garden... where a tranquil pool appears.
The raw beauty of Burton's design - created from a few fundamental elements - allows visitors to experience the profound materiality of the exposed earth.
Each time I visit, I'm swept away by the way Burton blurs any distinctions that may exist between gardens & art: The installation standing as an elegant sculpture. Moreover, a poetic rendition of a garden.
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