University of Santa Monica Garden
Located on axis with the lobby hallway of the University of Santa Monica this garden patio is immediately visible upon entering the building. Pipes projecting out of the wall spill water into brass drums. Between each water drum, bubblers gurgle. Alternating sounds from the two water sources soothe the mind as they mask traffic noise from the nearby boulevard. Underwater lights within and between each drum animate the water’s movement and wash the vine covered wall. With each being controlled independently, the dual sources of lights and water create a variety of “scenes.” With water pipes off and lights within the drums on, the fountain becomes a serene scene of glowing circular planes of light. With bubblers on full, and water pipes flowing, the fountain changes from a quiet, contemplative focus to a highly animated experience. Flagstone circular paving focuses on the sculptural ‘icon’ of the University. The required exit stair has been redesigned and rebuilt in steel to become another element within the patio space. Olive trees, planted areas, and vines soften the hard surfaces.