Mark was asked by Architecture Boston to write about Ken Smith's temporary installation at the Gardener Museum this summer. His piece was featured in the fall issue of AB. Below is a snippet of text, to read the whole article, click here.
Since 1053 the Amida Buddha serenely looks out over a segment of the Uji River in Japan. Fifty-two bodhisattvas accompany the Buddha, floating at varying heights around the enclosure of the Byodoin Temple. Ken Smith, the landscape architect who created Fenway Deity, cites this icon of Japanese architecture and its sacred inhabitants as the inspiration for his summer installation on the façade of the Gardner Museum.