Tiger Glen Garden Garden

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Tiger Glen Garden Garden
by Marc Peter Keane

  • Awarded April 15, 2013
  • CLIENT: Johnson Museum of Art
  • 9.100

The Tiger Glen Garden is a contemplation garden built in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. It is inspired by a Chinese parable, called the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen, in which three men overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship. The garden was designed in an austere style called karesansui in Japanese in which an image of nature is created with an arrangement of stones.

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Interview with Marc Peter Keane on Tiger Glen Garden Garden

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
The garden is inspired by an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen, which describes the experience of three men who overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship. That story was the subject of many paintings over the centuries, in China and Japan. I lived in Kyoto, Japan, for nearly 20 years and came to know the story of the Three Laughers while living there. As an abstraction of this parable, the Tiger Glen garden represents the intersection of literature, painting and gardens.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
20 years pondering; 2 years designing & prepping; 3 months building.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
The work was commissioned by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. The patrons were Rebecca and James Morgan.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
The work is done in the manner of Japanese "karesansui" gardens in which stones are used to express an image of the landscape.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
The name — Tiger Glen Garden — comes from an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen which describes the experience of three men who overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship.

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