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An Interview with Robert Irwin

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The Central Garden at the Getty Center
As a complement to the article by Paula Panich on the Central Garden at the Getty Center, in the January 2009 issue of Pacific Horticulture, we offer her interview of the artist Robert Irwin, originally published in the Los Angeles Times.

At the Getty Center’s Central Garden with Robert Irwin: An Interview

By Paula Panich, special to the Los Angeles Times

July 24, 2008

ARTIST Robert Irwin, designer of the Central Garden at the Getty Center, sits on a small curved bench in the dappled shade of London plane trees he chose. In the ten years since the garden opened, the trees haven't quite created the canopy Irwin envisioned, but they will -- just without him around.

After walking this landscape once a month for a decade, watching it change, noting every plant and responding with his artist's eye, Irwin quietly retired this year, ending his role as shepherd of what he has long called "sculpture in the form of a garden." Artistic oversight of the design, considered by the J. Paul Getty Museum to be an important piece of its collection, will fall to Irwin's collaborator, plantsman Jim Duggan.

It's a milestone for a garden long mar...

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