Costa Mesa

Isamu Noguchi

South Coast Town Center

Recently completed at the South Coast Town Center in Costa Mesa, California, is a major new site-work by Isamu Noguchi. Situated in the approximately square space between two dark reflective-glass towers and the massive white-painted rear walls of a parking garage, the work is an allegory of the state of California. The entire area, including its layout of plants, shrubs, and a variety of grasses and trees, was designed by the artist.

The piece is an assemblage of site constructions, each with its distinguishable theme: a conical structure of small granite blocks surmounted by a stainless steel cylinder (a fountain) embodies the concept of energy; a grassy raised area planted with wildflowers, and with a granite walk outlined by redwood trees, evokes the state’s forests; a wide, circular mound scattered with sand and small rocks and planted with diverse cacti represents the desert; and the

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