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  • October 27, 2022

World renowned design firm Herzog & de Meuron and acclaimed landscape designer Piet Oudolf have conceived a place where art and nature combine for reflection, contemplation, and learning.

PHILADELPHIA (September 7, 2022) – The Board of Trustees of Calder Gardens today unveiled the design for its new site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Featuring a building conceived by Pritzker Prize-winning design practice Herzog & de Meuron and gardens by internationally acclaimed Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, the project is dedicated to the art and ideas of Alexander Calder, a native Philadelphian who is

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  • October 26, 2022

A rendering of the Calder Gardens’ “Parkway Garden.”

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Alexander Calder
wanted those who saw and experienced his art to understand themselves better, not just notice “some pretty shapes that move in space, flashing colors,” says his grandson,
Alexander S.C. Rower.

The design for the Calder Gardens site on the
Benjamin Franklin
Parkway in downtown Philadelphia, which was unveiled by its board of trustees early Wednesday, was created to achieve that goal, with native gardens and light-filled spaces that should gently nudge even its most preoccupied future visitors to take in and appreciate the

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  • October 25, 2022

Herzog & de Meuron’s design for Calder Gardens unveiled in Philadelphia

On September 7, 2022, the design of Calder Gardens, a new cultural and exhibition center in Philadelphia aimed to present the art of influential Philadelphian artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976).
Famed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron designed the new building while the gardens are by renowned Durch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

Featuring naturally-illuminated galleries and a continuous interplay between architecture and native plant species, Calder Gardens will present a rotating selection of masterworks
from the Calder Foundation in New York.
Installed both inside and outside the center,

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