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Dreamlike Landscapes: Designer Andy Cao

Andy Cao’s lyrical, dreamlike garden at Cornerstone Sonoma,

Bai Yun : White Cloud represents a stunning transformation of the original Cao – Perrot Studio installation created for the Cornerstone Festival: the Lullaby Garden.

Andy Cao: Bai Yun / White Cloud Detail

As an artist and landscape designer, Cao has achieved renown for dreamlike environments, calling upon vivid memories of his Vietnam homeland, while melding cultural references into aesthetic wonderlands. Having been awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, and a post at Harvard as a Loeb Fellow, Andy returned to Northern California recently to create two site-specific installations for Cornerstone.

You can hear Andy talk about his work and the inspirations that drive his designs on Thursday, November 17, 2011: an evening hosted by The Garden Conservancy at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.

Full details on the lecture – Incidental Placemaking: Beauty and Dreams, along with registration information can be found on The Garden Conservancy web site.  A Meadowcroft Wine reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by Andy’s presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Bai Yun - White Cloud

The event is cosponsored by Cornerstone Sonoma: Be sure to check back for a new post in the days ahead. I’ll share information on an upcoming free event to coincide with Andy’s visit the following Sunday at Cornerstone in Sonoma Wine Country.

Bai Yun / White Cloud – Photo © Alice Joyce

The upcoming post will feature another  new Cao-Perrot  installation, in progress at this time: Red Lantern is situated on a site at Cornerstone where visitors may remember the Martha Schwartz design had been installed.

Andy’s work is singled out on the cover of Avant Gardeners

…a book I reviewed when it was first released. It’s filled with a trove of fascinating projects that I often return to when I’m pondering innovative ideas in contemporary garden design.

Andy Cao Photo –  Courtesy The Garden Conservancy

Contemporary Landscape Architecture on Amazon…

Read more about the Cao – Perrot Studio 600-acre project in Shenzhen, China:

Guangming New Town Central Park.

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