Continuing my tour of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (link),
Vizcaya’s European-inspired gardens are among the most elaborate in the United States. Reminiscent of gardens created in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy and France, the overall landscape design is conceived as a series of rooms.
Vizcaya’s exuberant gardens are characterized by an abundance of architectural structures and details, elaborate fountains, and antique and commissioned sculptures. The use of sculptures that were already old and of soft and porous coral stone resulted, quite intentionally, in the gardens having a weathered appearance soon after their completion.
... where everything is grand!
The "back" of the house is actually the front, offering a view of Biscayne Bay.
Deering enjoyed the view from his private balcony ...
To enter by watercraft, one passed the majestic Barge, a massive, 158-foot-long aquatic sculpture that functions as a breakwater, calming the waters immediately offshore. The Barge was likely inspired by English follies of the eighteenth century, romantic and generally nonfunctional structures. Carved from a mix of local stone, the Barge has become an iconic image of Vizcaya.
Chalfin conceived the Barge as a “confused mass,” as he described in a 1915 letter. The eclectic abundance was in keeping with the typical Vizcayan approach of evoking symbolism from disparate elements. He wanted “baskets of sea fruits and trophies of sea treasures,” along with mermaids and tritons and Egyptian obelisks, with an overlay of sixteenth-century Venetian style.
Venetian architecture surrounds the barge ...
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1. What would you wear to a fashion shoot? I'd wear an Aloha shirt.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, June 4, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 5.
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