South Coast Botanic Garden unveils major new sculpture – Daily News
For years, Marilyn Long had a vision for a sculpture that would echo the beauty of the Mediterranean Garden area of the South Coast Botanical Garden.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, artist and architect Doris Sung made Long’s vision a reality, unveiling the new artwork to the public. About 200 people attended the sculpture’s dedication on a warm afternoon at the Palos Verdes Peninsula institution.
“I feel very blessed that God has given me the opportunity to share art with others,” said Long, a current trustee and a member of the gardens for almost 30 years. “Thank you, Doris, for bringing us a beautiful piece so all of us could enjoy your inspiration, creativity and innovation.”
The Long Family Foundation commissioned Sung a few years ago to create the artwork. “I met Marilyn Long at the Palos Verdes Art Center and she talked to me about doing this sculpture,” Sung said of the blue-hued globe. “She made all the connections and provided the funding, so she is the mastermind behind this project.”
Sung, an architect since 2008 who owns and operates DOSU Studios, is an associate professor of architecture at USC.
“I do a lot of work internationally, all over the place,” she said. “It’s so exciting to be able to do something locally, where I actually work and live. It’s pretty sentimental for me.”
The sculpture was inspired by the work of famed architect-engineer Buckminster Fuller, Sung said, and took about a year to design and produce.
“I’m excited about adding art here,” said botanical garden CEO Adrienne Nakashima. “When Doris described her idea to us, it was hard to imagine. But to see it come to life is breathtaking.”
“I love it. I think the idea of art in the garden is a perfect match,” said Peter Olpe, who has been a member of the board of trustees for eight years, serving as board president and chair for the past four. “It is an amazing piece and I think it is a perfect placement. It really draws your attention to that section.”
Is there more artwork on the horizon for the garden?
Nakashima explained that a vision plan was coming together and: “We are looking at do something to a larger scale which we will be announcing shortly. There is definitely more to come.”