A Tale Of Two Getty Gardens

“Gardens at the two Getty Museum campuses could not be more different. California artist Robert Irwin’s central garden at the Brentwood Center is a constantly changing, off-balance geometric splash of color and texture. It’s a stark contrast to the beige classicism of the towering, marble buildings above it. Conversely, the elegant Mediterranean-style landscaping of the newly reopened Getty Villa in nearby Malibu is an understated partner to the estate it surrounds. Nonetheless, the two gardens share a dramatic spirit: One is a work of living sculpture, the other a piece of horticultural theater.”