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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by


Charles Jencks’ sinuous sculptures are no ordinary walk in the park. A celebrated postmodern architect, designer, and theorist, Jencks tows the line between design, science, and nature to create dramatic forms that swoop across the the British landscape he calls home.

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Born in the United States but working primarily in the UK since the early 1970s, Jencks collapses easy distinctions between the natural and built environment.┬áHis sculptures allude to organic forms such as DNA, shells, and fractals, all reimagined at massive scale and constructed directly into lawns and terraces. Paired with their striking visual aesthetic, projects such as “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” in Dumfries, Scotland and “Spirals of Time” in Milan also delve deeply into metaphysical terrain. His large-scale garden geometries connect the everyday uses of green space to larger scientific formulas, patterns, and processes that may not often be visible to the naked eye.

Find out more about Jencks’ stunning architectural creations at his website.









Candace Kita

Written by Candace Kita

A Chicago native currently putting down roots in Portland. By day, an emerging leader at the oldest art museum on the West Coast. By night, a rampant writer and vegan foodie. Proud alumna of Scripps College. Prefers questions over answers. Gets unmentionably excited by typography, mid-century modernism, the Arcade Fire, and you. See her website or follow her on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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