Thinking about Design


We needed a brain bath. We needed a place to go that is not like our life (which is, by all measures, a fine life, but beleaguered at the moment). We headed for Cornerstone Gardens. Hadn’t been in a while. If you’re in the Napa area, there’ll be, like, a million things on your agenda that are bigger and more important and more must-see, perhaps, but I really have to recommend this spot. It’s odd. Good odd. Refreshing odd. Nine acres of innovative landscape designs–free. Free free free. Such a lovely gift. We strolled through pristine zen gardens into rows of pinwheels on plumbing pipes pretending to be flowers. We noticed things we don’t normally notice. Like how beautiful this grass can look against that. We watched a bunch of guys hanging off cherry-pickers rigging artificial trees out of metal mesh. So funny, those trees. They looked great. (The guys did too…) We ambled. We ate lunch under olive trees. We came home. It does a brain a world of good to be taken for a literal walk in the park. To sample the artistry of artists whose art does not resemble one’s own. I don’t know from landscape design, I just enjoyed. And that’s the ultimate in artistry, don’t you think? When something, some experience, slips through all your understanding and all your ignorance right through to just–Bing!–touch your heart.

© i.e. ideas expressed 2011


About Amanda McTigue

Author. Director. Teacher. My debut novel, GOING TO SOLACE was named one of four "Best Reads of 2012" by public radio's KRCB "Word by Word." A collection of short stories, "Convergence," is due out in 2015. A second novel, "Monkey Bottom," will follow.
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