A Museum Garden Court

This afternoon I spent some time with Rodin at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The West Building, which houses the Rodin collection, opened in Spring of 2010. Surrounded by meadows formed of native grasses and punctuated with winding paths, this building is beautifully landscaped.

Multiple courtyard gardens reiterate the building’s emphasis on nature and openness. In this one the gravel floor, wispy bamboo and harmonious reflecting pool create a wondrous space in which to enjoy art and nature.

12 thoughts on “A Museum Garden Court

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It is the drain for recirculating the water. The water down inside there looked very white and foamy yesterday–not sure why. The surface of the rest of the pool was smooth and glass-like.

      1. pbmgarden Post author

        Just wanted to add there is a 90,000 gallon cistern to collect water runoff. This and two other reflecting pools are replenished using water from the cistern.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Perhaps they’re planted in containers to control the spread? I should try to find out more about that. I do know the museum extension was designed with an extensive number of sustainable features that my article didn’t do justice to. They are actively replacing invasive species with natives in the forested areas of the museum park.

  1. paulinemulligan

    Absolutely stunning, simple yet beautiful, the pebbles round the pool are an inspired touch. The sculptures aren’t bad either!!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I like that effect too! The building was designed to house 30 Rodin sculptures donated by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in 2009. It really boosted the museum.


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