Installation view, California Scenario: Courage of Imagination

California Scenario: The Courage of Imagination

May 19, 2010 – October 24, 2010

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Noguchi’s California Scenario, located in Costa Mesa, California, The Noguchi Museum presents an exhibition documenting its conception and realization. Initially approached in 1980 to create a fountain for a corporate park by the developer Henry T. Segerstrom, Noguchi expanded the project to become one of his most fully-integrated landscape compositions. Inhabiting 1.6 acres, Noguchi’s vision of the highly diverse terrain of California, his birthplace, is achieved through seven large-scale sculptural elements as well as a careful selection of local flora whose steady growth has resulted in a presence equal to the corresponding manmade elements. The project will be represented by photographs, both old and new, video documentation, as well as a newly commissioned model that will be situated alongside the original plan by Noguchi.