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Endangered Marvels of Modernism Recognized on Cultural Landscape Foundation's 2008 Landslide List
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Cultural Landscape Foundation, Modern Marvels, Garden Design magazine, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, landscape heritage, Boston City Hall Plaza, Heritage Plaza
Contributed By: Melanie Macchio, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Email The Author: melanie@tclf.org
Website: http://www.tclf.org

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Design magazine, and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film Announce the 2008 ‘Landslide’ Designees: Marvels of Modernism.

Modernist landscapes with boomerang curves, reservoirs inspired by Joan Miro paintings, animated fountains, soaring roof gardens, geometric earthworks, futuristic Fair grounds, and sunken and expansive plazas all became celebrated design elements during the nation’s massive post-World War II development. These experimental and innovative expressions, adopted by maverick landscape architects such as Dan Kiley and Lawrence Halprin, became a catalyst for inserting Modern design sensibilities into newly minted public and private spaces. During this period, designers, their clients, and patrons utilized revolutionary new and experimental materials, and subdued transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces to infuse Modern forms into classic sensibilities. However, until recently, many of these designs have been misunderstood and underappreciated. To draw attention to these irreplaceable works, the 2008 Landslide theme: Marvels of Modernism, spotlights our diverse postwar garden and landscape heritage.

Landslide is a yearly designation of significant landscapes at risk of being lost. The designees are chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted from throughout the nation that highlight current issues in landscape preservation and interpretation. This year, TCLF and Garden Design have once again partnered with George Eastman House to produce an exhibition of original photography of the Marvels of Modernism by internationally recognized artists on view in Rochester from November 19, 2008 through January 4, 2009, and traveling thereafter. The exhibition includes images by photographers Debra Bloomfield, Marisol Diaz, Tom Fox, Rick McKee Hock, Tyagan Miller, Keri Pickett, Christopher Rauschenberg, Sam Sweezy, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, and Heather Wetzel.

The twelve Marvels are:

  • Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
  • Estates Drive Reservoir, Oakland, CA
  • Heritage Plaza, Heritage Park, Fort Worth, TX
  • Kaiser Roof Garden, Kaiser Center, Oakland, CA
  • Lake Elizabeth, Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Manhattan Square Park, Rochester, NY
  • Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks, Kent, WA
  • Miller Garden, Columbus, IN
  • El Monte, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Pacific Science Center Courtyard, Seattle, WA
  • Parkmerced, San Francisco, CA
  • Peavey Plaza, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

“The annual thematic Landslide list is one of the key ways the Cultural Landscape Foundation highlights how landscapes are integral to our nation’s cultural identity – each Landslide site is irreplaceable; each is a unique link to the story of who we are,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. “Working with Eastman’s curators and photographers we can actually teach people how to see what may be right in our backyards.”


Keywords: Cultural Landscape Foundation, Modern Marvels, Garden Design magazine, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, landscape heritage, Boston City Hall Plaza, Heritage Plaza

Posted: November 24, 2008
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