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Volcano Flow, 2002, granite. Photo: Tamara Paulat

Tucked away in rural Scappoose, Oregon, artist Michihiro Kosuge stands outside his home and studio on his seven-plus acre property. Coffee in hand, Michi greets me like an old friend. The sun is shining and warm as I scan the property and see several stone sculptures placed just so in his clearing in the woods.

“Sculpture takes patience,” Michi tells me. “Gardening takes patience.”

Gardeners know this. Michi knows this.

Gardens and sculpture have been connected for centuries and when well matched the combination has the power to create a unique and evolving sense of place. I am a passionate gardener and a lover of art. Powerful sculpture in the garden seems a perfect marriage. It is in this spirit that I share the sculptures of Michihiro Kosuge.

Michihiro Kosuge installing a piece from the Continuation series in 2008. Photos: courtesy of Laura Russo Gallery

I was a fine arts student at Portland State University where Michi was chair of the Fine Arts department and a profess...

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