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The artist and his enviroment: Robert Irwin

These three artists paid special attention to their natural and architectural environment. As a little escape in these homely days, we rescue some of their works and projects; examples of an extraordinary link between art, nature and architecture. On this occasion we propose an approach to works that were born thanks to a strong connection between the artist and his context.

The landscape as sculpture

Central Garden, Getty Center, 2008 © Robert Irwin,  J. Paul Getty Trust.

Robert Irwin (California, 1928), is one of the pioneering artists to incorporate his research on light and space into his artistic practice. Although he does not identify himself with the minimalist movement, his work is characterised by a rigorous process of aesthetic reduction, which he prefers to explain in terms of phenomenological reduction. The physical experience produced by the work and its perception through the senses are key elements of his artistic approach. In later years Iwrin’s practice became broad and started to address even larger spaces and ambitious public art projects, taking in entire buildings, squares and gardens. The planning of the Central Garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles began in 1992. Every feature of the installation was conceived, designed, an selected to offer a particular sight, smell, and sound experience.The design of a master plan for the buildings and gardens at Dia:Beacon, New York, was another milestone both in terms of scale and of working experimentally to enhance the viewer’s sensitivity to his surroundings. In 1998-99, Irwin immersed himself in the site, living there for more than a year.

Central Garden, Getty Center, 2008 © Robert Irwin,  J. Paul Getty Trust.

To watch the video A walk around Central Garden with Brian Houck
To watch the video Irwin talks about the Central Garden