MoMA, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York

13 May

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York - Overview

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York – Planting Bed

Designed by American architect Philip Johnson in the early 1950’s this courtyard garden to the rear of the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, provides an appropriate setting for a rolling programme of modern art sculpture. The garden as it stands today is a reconstruction of the original design. It was necessary to remove the original garden to allow for major reconstruction access to the MoMA gallery building, works were completed in 2004.

The materials for this space are very constrained, limited to a single selection of stone (marble), mono species ground cover planting and groves of single species trees. The design of the space is orthogonal with a single bridged water feature located off centre. Moveable seating provide a flexible feature in this space where people can arrange the seating as desired.

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York - Marble Steps

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York – Marble Steps

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York - Marble Bridge to Pool

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York – Marble Bridge to Pool

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York - Movable Seating

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York – Movable Seating

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York - Ivy Ground Cover

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York – Ivy Ground Cover

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York - Drainage Detail

MoMA Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York – Drainage Detail

 

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