Crazy courtyard sculpture garden – Urban Gardener video


DENTON TARVER: Today on “Urban
Gardener,” we’re headed to Julie’s Courtyard Sculpture
Garden. Here’s a good example
of contrasts. This bamboo provides a really
good foil for all the green down here. The brown actually brings
the green out. It creates a nice, repetitive
line all the way down this walk. You have the opportunity to see
everything that’s in front of it, and even brings you to
little moments like this, a little bird feeder with some
suet in it, which is a sculpture, I would imagine. Oh, wow. Look at this one. This looks like it was put here
in order to incorporate what was going on with
the neighbor’s yard. And the whole thing just seems
to kind of grow and become part of one whole idea. One of the things that is
different about this fountain is the fact that the water is
coming down to metal, which gives it a different tin-y kind
of a sound as opposed to splashing on to stone
or to water. JULIE: We bought this
space two years ago. I liked it because it’s such
a charismatic neighborhood. It was perfect because you
walk outside, you see the skyline of Manhattan. Yet you walk in here,
and you’re transported to another place. I leave the city. I close the door, and I hear
my fountain, and see the beautiful flowers. I pinch myself because I can’t
believe it’s real. This is where idea of living
sculpture began. I was making this sculpture,
and I put it down and I got sidetracked, and I got
on to something else. Two weeks later, I look over
and there’s this kiwi vine wrapped around my sculpture. It’s about the interaction
between an organic and inorganic form and seeing
how they live together. DENTON TARVER: So it’s kind
of coming over and winding down as– JULIE: It’s going to come over
and wind around it and sit on top of it. DENTON TARVER: So eventually,
this is going to be a great big hairdo over there. JULIE: Yes. This is going to be
a big viny do. It’s the best of both worlds. I have the city outside
my door. DENTON TARVER: Right. Right. JULIE: And I have kind of the
country in this little space. DENTON TARVER: Thank
you so much, Julie Joy, for joining us– JULIE: You’re so welcome. DENTON TARVER: And
like letting us all over your garden. It was a pleasure. JULIE: Thanks for coming. It was a pleasure sharing it. DENTON TARVER: All right. See you next time on
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