Interview with designer Marc Peter Keane (MK), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Tiger Glen Garden Garden.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Interview with Marc Peter Keane at Friday 15th of February 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
MK : The garden is inspired by an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen, which describes the experience of three men who overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship. That story was the subject of many paintings over the centuries, in China and Japan. I lived in Kyoto, Japan, for nearly 20 years and came to know the story of the Three Laughers while living there. As an abstraction of this parable, the Tiger Glen garden represents the intersection of literature, painting and gardens.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
MK : 20 years pondering; 2 years designing & prepping; 3 months building.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
MK : The work was commissioned by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. The patrons were Rebecca and James Morgan.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
MK : The work is done in the manner of Japanese "karesansui" gardens in which stones are used to express an image of the landscape.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
MK : The name — Tiger Glen Garden — comes from an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen which describes the experience of three men who overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship.