- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: The Monacelli Press (Dec 18 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580930719
- ISBN-13: 978-1580930710
- Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 2.2 x 24.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #831,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mirrors of Paradise: The Gardens of Fernando Caruncho Hardcover – Dec 18 2000
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Paris-based photographer Laurence Toussaint has masterfully captured the understated elegance of master designer Caruncho's Spanish gardens with images as perfectly composed as the gardens themselves. Ferns nestled along a woodland path soothe with verdant tranquility. Ochre courtyard walls explode with fiery brilliance. Birds'-eye views of expansive vistas reveal intricate designs. If Caruncho's name is relatively unknown outside his native Spain, all that is about to change with Cooper and Taylor's monograph, the first, which introduces Caruncho in an in-depth interview, and interprets his gardens, which range from imposing country estates to confined urban spaces. Caruncho's creations manifest a fascination with landscape design borne from his first love, philosophy. Influenced by the ancient Greeks, whose gardens were mystical places intended to attract the gods, Caruncho translates these grand ideals into gardens on an equally grand scale. Page by page, the viewer is drawn into Caruncho's world of serenity and harmony, grandeur and grace. And it seems as though the gods would, indeed, be pleased. Carol Haggas
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About the Author
Gordon Taylor and Guy Cooper are the principals of Landscape Design Ltd. in London. They have designed gardens in Ireland, France, Spain, the United States, and throughout Great Britain; they have also written numerous articles and books on herbs, gardens and garden history, including Paradise Transformed: The Private Garden for the Twenty-First Century.
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