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Noguchi by Night

Inspired by the sculpted mounds of sand at Japanese temples and by the astronomical gardens of India, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) created a garden of white marble for the Beinecke Library’s sculpture court. Completed in 1964, Sunken Garden is composed of classic geometric shapes—pyramid, circle, and cube balanced on its point—that, for Noguchi, evoked the past, the energy of the sun, and the element of chance in the human condition. “I like to think of gardens as sculpturing of space,” he said.

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