New gardens to be installed at Cornerstone
ANDY CAO, who created the 'Lullaby Garden" depicted here, will return to Cornerstone Sonoma with two new garden installations in June.
Artist Andy Cao, the 2011 winner of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design (which he is just finishing) and 2002 winner of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, will create two new installations at Cornerstone Sonoma beginning in June, and will remain on the site until the two installations are completed. Cao previously created "Lullaby Garden" at Cornerstone in 2006.
Born in Vietnam and based in Los Angeles, Cao will create two rare contemporary interpretations of the usually traditional Asian garden design at the Cornerstone site. The first project, "Red Lantern," specifically references the Chinese immigrants who built California's railroads and whose descendants created what is now San Francisco's Chinatown. The eggshell-lacquered lantern that will be featured in the installation touch on his Vietnamese heritage, and is a nod to ornamental headdresses.
The second installation, titled "Bai Yun (White Cloud)" explores the ephemeral "appearing and departure" of clouds so frequently depicted in Asian art and poetry. Floating over a rolling landform lush with tall grass and wildflowers, "Bai Yun" will be hung with thousands of droplet crystals shimmering to catch the changing light
Cornerstone Sonoma is located at 23570 Arnold Drive.