La Coste - Art and architecture… and the landscape

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Tom Shannon - Drop Compared with the simplicity of "le Cabanon", the collection of contemporary art at La Coste appears altogether extravagant. Artists and designers as varied and internationally reputed as Sean Scully, Andy Goldsworthy, Tadao Ando, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, Ai WeiWei to mention but a few, are all represented. And y...
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Le Cabanon

July 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
A garden need not be complicated. Sometimes the ones that have the strongest effect are those that take advantage of the natural landscape with the lightest of gestures. Here a friend’s garden consists of a terracotta pot, placed on a plain concrete terrace, under an evergreen oak from which hangs a bamboo wind chime. This simple composition trans...
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The garden in motion

June 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
This is the term used by designer Gilles Clément to explain part of his approach. It involves putting in place natural processes that are allowed to develop and determine the evolution of the landscape. Gardening in this context is a question of interpreting this evolutionary process and requires the gardener to “observe more and garden less”. It c...
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Les calanques de Mugel et de Figuerolles

June 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Looking across the port of la Ciotat, the towering cranes of the shipyard cast their square-shaped silhouettes against the Bec de l’Aigle. The Eagle’s Beak, the ever-present backdrop to the city skyline. Its massive form, round and bulky seen from the old town is a jutting, dynamic point that gives the formation its name when seen from the cliffs t...
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The Caramy Gorges 2

April 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
For the eye that is attentive to the attributes of the natural world, the environment of a river is a visual feast. I love the colour and the plays of light in the Caramy gorges. In black and white, different qualities of contrast, texture and form come to the fore.
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