The Huntington has announced
|Rendering of the Stargazing Tower, 望星樓. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens|
that the last phase of its Chinese garden (Liu Fang Yuan) is expected to open in May 2020. Included will be several new pavilions: the Stargazing Tower at the landscape's highest point, offering a cosmic sightline to Mount Wilson Observatory; the Studio for Lodging the Mind, a small (1720 sf.) art gallery optimized for works on paper and silk; and the Flowery Brush Library, a scholar's studio to be used for public programs. A new, larger cafe will anchor the northern part of the garden.
Constructed at a cost of $54 million, the 12-acre Liu Fang Yuan will be one of the largest Chinese gardens outside of China. Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden
and the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden
are each about an acre.
|Tang Qingnian 唐慶年, Verdant Microcosm 翠玲瓏, 2018. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens|
The inaugural art exhibition will be "A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan." Featuring 21 contemporary calligraphers, it will explore the calligraphy incorporated throughout the Huntington garden in stone carvings and plaques. To be shown in two rotations of 20 works each, "A Garden in Words" is to run from May 30, 2020 through Jan. 4, 2021.
|Rendering of the Flowery Brush Library, 筆花書房. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens|