Bringing art outside to the garden makes a lasting impression. The result can be sublime and inspiring, and in an ideal situation, it can even touch our souls. As a designer, I am spellbound when I encounter a landscape that has a direct connection to the art in it. When art and landscape are fused together, their dialogue creates a unique narrative that would not exist otherwise. It also provides a powerful interaction that transforms us from viewers into participants, who must confront the significance of our surroundings, their connection to the work, and our own involvement in the scene.
This early 1900’s garden in Sorrento, Italy was composed with antiquities, and connects us to the legacy of the classical world. A mythological stone figure sits at an arched window overlooking the awe-inspiring bay and Mt. Vesuvius, which they say damaged the original Imperial Roman villa sited here during the same 79 A.D. eruption that buried Pompeii.