Landscape Architecture, Ecological Restoration and Planning
At the Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the sculpture garden designed by SED Design received the ASLA 2001 Honor Award for Excellence in Creative Design. The inspiration for the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden at the Michener Museum is the natural and cultural landscape of Bucks County. Bucks County’s rolling fields, forests and farms are recalled in the designs for the Headwaters Fountain, Serpentine Stone Wall and Oak Grove on the upper terrace.
Moving on through the garden, a Stone Rill symbolizes a stream between the upper and main terraces, while a Bosque of flowering trees along the path recalls Bucks County’s agrarian history. On the Main Terrace, a reflecting pool overflowing with water evokes Lower Bucks County and the Delaware River Estuary.
The Michener Museum was constructed on the site of the old Bucks County Prison. The 23-foot-high prison wall and the footprint of the old prison buildings inspire the paving design on the Main Terrace and reflect the past history of the site.
The Sculpture Garden is used to exhibit outdoor sculpture and provides a setting for museum functions.