The Tiger Glen Garden, Ithaca, NY: This karesansui-style garden abstracts the story of the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen, an ancient Chinese parable that describes three men (a Taoist, a Confucianist and a Buddhist) who overcome their sectarian differences to find a unity of friendship. Photo: Kai Keane.
Marc Peter Keane is a landscape architect, artist and writer based in Ithaca, NY. Having lived for nearly 20 years in Kyoto, Japan, his work is deeply informed by Japanese aesthetics and design sense: simplicity, serendipity, off-balance balance, and naturally weathered patinas. Working in situations as divers as a 350-year-old house in Japan and a contemporary museum in the United States, he designs singular gardens that are both beautiful and contemplative.