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Design Unveiled for Calder Gardens, A New National and International Cultural Destination in the Heart of Downtown Philadelphia on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

World renowned design firm Herzog & de Meuron and acclaimed landscape designer Piet Oudolf have conceived a place where art and nature combine for reflection, contemplation, and learning PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of Calder Gardens today unveiled the design for its new site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Featuring a building conceived by Pritzker Prize-winning design practice Herzog & de Meuron and gardens by internationally acclaimed Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, the project is dedicated to the art and ideas of Alexander Calder, a native Philadelphian who is considered one of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th century.
Design Unveiled for Calder Gardens, A New National and International Cultural Destination in the Heart of Downtown Philadelphia on Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Featuring galleries illuminated by natural light, in a structure ensconced in a flowing landscape of native and flowering species, Calder Gardens will present a rotating selection of masterworks from the Calder Foundation, New York, including mobiles, stabiles, monumental sculptures, and paintings. "The esthetic value of these objects cannot be arrived at by reasoning," Calder wrote in 1933. "Familiarization is necessary." Installed both indoors and outdoors, Calder's art will be in constant dialogue with nature and the changing atmospheres of the seasons. Calder Gardens will provide the public with a singular place for contemplation and reflection, as well as abundant opportunities for learning and community building through a schedule of inclusive public programs and special events."Our intention for Calder Gardens is not only to create the ideal environment for the public to encounter my grandfather's work but also to elevate personal contemplation and reflection," said Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. "Calder's role as a pioneer of experiential art is essential to his legacy. For viewers who open themselves up to the possibilities of his mobiles and stabiles, the unexpected takes root. His objects continuously unfold in real time."
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