Isamu Noguchi's Rock, Paper, Hipsters

His designs fascinate both for their undeniable beauty and for their intersection with commerce

In the Forest Walk section, giant redwoods punch the sky, surrounding three sides of a rectangle of long grass and a granite incline leading to a bench. A cascading fountain lies between the redwoods and an oasis of green grass and trees, a bench and a circular table. To the right of that is a knoll covered with ivy, a long white sculpture resting at its top, looking all the world like a headstone on a grave. Called Land Use, it's a fitting monument to the late sculptor and his sly wit.

 

Light and magic
Courtesy of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
Light and magic
Courtesy of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum

Location Info

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Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Museums

Region: Laguna Beach

California Scenario: Noguchi Sculpture Garden

611 Anton
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Museums

Region: Costa Mesa

Details

"Noguchi: California Legacy" at Laguna Art Museum, www.lagunaartmuseum.org. Open Sun.-Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & the first Thurs. of every month, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Through Oct. 2. $5-$10.

"California Scenario" at the Noguchi Sculpture Garden. Open Sun.-Sat., 8 a.m.-midnight. Free.

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3 comments
John Lewis Sale
John Lewis Sale

Amazing looks like paper pyramids want one for my lounge.

Karen N. Kahler
Karen N. Kahler

I absolutely agree--without visiting/seeing/touching the elements of California Scenario, it's hard to grasp how wonderful a space that plaza is. This exhibit provides a good introduction to it, though--and the Akari sculpture gallery is stunning. So glad I made the trip from Pasadena to see it!

adamnvillani
adamnvillani

Nice review. Makes me want to head down to OC.

 
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