Effect of Light

Harland Hand [1922-1998], inspired by the principles of fine art and rock formations in the High Sierra, designed this hillside garden with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay.

Using concrete, curving lines and dramatic color combinations, Hand created an emotionally evocative space that houses an extraordinary plant collection.

Harland Hand found the effects of light fascinating both scientifically and artistically. The amount and consistency of light determine how plants grow, and how we perceive color and space.

Sunlight, moonlight, fog -- when one composes the garden, one must consider these various lights and how the light will transform the space, the colors, and the emotions.

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The light of California is special: intense, clear, producing strong contrast between light and dark.