Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden, J. Paul Getty Center / OLIN

© Marion Brenner

The Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden is one of a series of discrete outdoor sculpture locations throughout the J. Paul Getty Center, featuring an elegant and deferential landscape inspired by Southern California’s rugged beauty. The garden—actually a green roof over part of the museum—showcases works by iconic artists from Noguchi to Henry Moore, offering visitors a striking preview of the museum’s rich collections.

Landscape Architect: OLIN
Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Project Team: Dennis McGlade, FASLA, E. Allan Spulecki
Fluidity Design Consultants: Englekirk Partners
Structural Engineers: Martin Newson & Associates
Project Area: 23,636 sqf
Year: 2006
Photographs: , Marion Brenner

© Marion Brenner

Rather than force compatibility between the existing landscape and each unique piece, OLIN designed new gardens with specific sculptures in mind. Their placement responds to the artwork itself and its interaction with the viewer. Some sculptures are situated in secluded areas with seating and fountains for peaceful contemplation, while others overlook expansive views of downtown Los Angeles.

© Marion Brenner

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Cite: "Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden, J. Paul Getty Center / OLIN" 11 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Foci

    Love that they decided to infuse the natural elements from the surroundings instead of a more artificial set of plants. If this is the roof, I would love to see a photo that shows the entire building.