Tadao Ando: Garden of Fine Arts, Kyoto
Just adjacent but way smaller in size to the popular Kyoto Botanical Garden, Tadao Ando’s Garden of Fine Arts is a unique take of how a garden should be but still infused with the traditional Japanese sensibilities. Built in 1994 it has the trademark zen simplicity and concrete material that is signature to Ando’s work and built below street level and open air.
Instead of vegetation and raked earth or pebbles, works by the masters like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Renoir, Seurat and Monet are reproduced on ceramic tiles and are strategically placed in various areas of the 212 square meter footprint. These are either standing against the wall or submerged in a few inches of water that brings the experience and appreciation of the art to a different level.
But more than the reproduced master works, it’s the spatial arrangement, the intersecting spaces and volumetric placement of masses that heightens the experience of discovery and surprise that makes it a memorable stroll around the Garden of Fine Arts.
Garden of Fine Arts
Hankicho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku,
Kyoto 606-0823, Kyoto Prefecture
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