Overview

Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Noguchi Fountain Sculpture Courtyard

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Overview

Isamu Noguchi's Fountain Sculpture has been the centerpiece of Macalester College's Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center courtyard since 1965. Now within a redesigned courtyard to complement the Fine Art Center's multi-phased renovation and expansion, the sculpture is positioned to serve the campus another 50 years.

The new courtyard draws inspiration from Noguchi's original 1951 Tokyo garden, his diverse portfolio of landscape work, and traditional Japanese garden art that influenced and inspired many of Noguchi's landscape designs. The sculpture sits on a limestone paver pedestal within a plane of crushed white gravel, often used in Japanese Zen garden art as a metaphor for water. Minimal detailing further defines the courtyard, with an austere limestone seat wall along the eastern edge and a gently sloping lawn with earth sculpture on the western edge. Strategic, linear plantings of ornamental trees and grasses delineate views and the contemplative space. The Fountain Sculpture Courtyard serves both as an outdoor classroom as well as a quiet and contemplative retreat-a perfect setting for the sculpture itself.

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Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

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