Every so often, a company that puts a higher-than-normal level of passion into its projects comes across our radar and it’s exciting to share their message—EDSA is one of these. Not only are they an award-winning landscape architecture and design firm, they put insightfulness front and center. Take a look at the Inspiration section of their web site where they quote a surprisingly broad selection of imaginative sources from Jimi Hendrix (Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.), Vince Lombardi and Eero Saarinen to Mahatma Gandhi (Be the change you want to see in the world.), Robert F. Kennedy and Maya Angelou.
The firm’s work proves they take these maxims seriously. The Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA) has noticed, recently presenting them with a number of recognitions, including awards of merit for the planning and analysis of Andaman Moganshan in the Zhejiang Province of China and Uptown Cairo in Cairo, Egypt. Also in the planning and analysis category, they received an award of honor for Xishuangbanna in the Yunnan Province of China; and they won an award of honor in the resorts and entertainment category for The Breakers Cabana Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
We thought we’d share a project closer to our Global Lighting homebase—the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden, which is nestled into the grounds of the Westchester headquarters of PepsiCo in Purchase, New York. EDSA set out to concretize Kendall’s vision as the CEO of PepsiCo between 1971 and 1986, and the originator of the idea of incorporating art into the landscaping. The major twentieth-century artists featured in the collection of 45 sculptures include both European and American masters such as Auguste Rodin, Henri Laurens, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Claes Oldenberg.
EDSA notes that the building complex, which was designed by iconic architect Edward Durrell Stone, is set within a landscape of great natural beauty in which the interplay between woodlands and gardens results in blended courtyards, informal meadows and the sculpture garden itself. The firm provided complete master planning and landscape design services, as well as composed a design and maintenance manual. The sculptures that dot the grounds further Kendall’s vision that art can stimulate creativity in business.
According to the firm’s design manifesto, its team has been creating sustainable places to live, work, learn and play for more than five decades, amassing a portfolio of completed projects that pays tribute to a life-long dedication to envisioning and building distinctive environments: “As stewards of the land and the built environment, we are attempting to improve the way the world looks, one project at a time with passion, integrity and the combined effort of our team.” With declarations like these, it’s no surprise EDSA has offices across the globe—from Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and Beijing to Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
The editors of Global Trends salute the visionaries behind this project and you can bet we’ll be following along to see what innovative endeavors they will be producing in the future. We are seeing fine art in public and corporate settings as a definite trend. If you’ve ever visited the Kendall Sculpture Garden or you plan to travel to Purchase to see it (it’s a quick trip from New York City), let us know what you thought, okay?
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