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Stenfors Architects collaborated with artist Robert Irwin to complete the second phase of the installation of a primordial Palm Garden at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which began in 2007.


The north-south axis terminates with a grid of date palms serving as a counterpoint to artist Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation.


Irwin has long been intrigued with how palm trees capture and reflect Southern California light; designing the Palm Garden provided Irwin with an opportunity to work with both the phenomenal and cultural perceptions of palms.


Irwin’s use of palm trees considers the ubiquitous and iconic connection between the palm tree and images of Los Angeles.The project includes the conversion of an existing lawn & staircase into an exterior gallery. Flanking the South Plaza & the Chris Burden installation, ‘Urban Lights’, the project acts as a new gateway to the LACMA ‘East’ Campus.


The site's layout is formal and symmetrical, and transforms the currently space with an alley of Washingtonian Palms and Cast-In-Place concrete Pedestals.


The sculptures, by both Auguste Rodin & Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, are arranged to reinforce the classically inspired layout of the landscape. Views of the Installation in progress.

Type: Institutional / Museum

Site Design & Landscape Art

3,600 SF
Artist: Robert Irwin
Architect: Stenfors Associates Architects Construction Company: Morley Builders
Project Schedule: 5 months

Status: Built - 2009

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