This is how James van Sweden described his Dutch upbringing. His father was a builder; a man satisfied with his work. He made things. van Sweden’s take away: a desire for satisfaction with the work that you do. He found it in landscape architecture.
How our childhoods inform the work we do has been of interest to me for years. van Sweden recalled his walks along the railroad tracks of East Lansing and time spent at the shore of Lake Michigan as major influences on the landscapes he would later create. These prairie-like typologies dovetailed with his university years in the Netherlands. The flat, luminous, delft landscape remained a powerful influence on his work in the garden. Anyone who has walked through a van Sweden garden understands his affinity for light and the unfettered in the landscape.
The occasion for the van Sweden film was The Cultural Landscape Foundation presentation:
a celebration of
James van Sweden
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