The Getty Center: The Central Garden | Los Angeles, CA | Robert Irwin

Out of all the gardens at The Getty, the most famous and recognizable is the one not by a landscape architect, but by Robert Irwin, a renowned artist who, in collaboration with gardener Jim Duggan designed The Central Garden. Lying at the heart of the Getty Center, this 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway, descending into a plaza with bougainvillea arbors, and finally into a cascade of water over a stone waterfall and a pool where that famous maze of azaleas are poised—though, since I visited in November, were not in bloom. It was a work that Irwin, who continued to walk The Central garden once a month for a decade to watch the landscape morph, called “sculpture in the form of a garden.”

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