Azalea maze, Getty Center, Los Angeles

My memories of visiting the Getty Center on its hilltop, a year or two after it opened, are more of the harsh, angular warmth of Richard Meier’s travertine-clad buildings and patios. The plants, in recall, were generic soutnern-California fringe, nothing like this stunning (and at the time controversial) water-maze of azaleas, which calls to mind both fingerprints and pond-ripples, each equally apt.

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from a gallery accompanying “At the Getty Central Garden with Robert Irwin,” photo by Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2008

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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