MFA Garden

The MFA’s Tenshin-en Garden Reopens After 18 Months

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

ZEN Associates is excited for the reopening of Tenshin-en, the Japanese Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on April 27, 2015. We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with the MFA and the original support team to renovate this wonderful garden.  Tenshin-en’s much anticipated reopening is the result of an extensive yearlong effort to preserve and renew the garden, generously underwritten by Nippon Television Network Corporation.

“Closed for 18 months, this contemplative viewing garden––created in the karesansui style, which harkens back to Zen temple gardens of 15th-century Japan––brings together elements and traditions drawn from Japan, New England and the MFA, newly interpreting an ancient art form. A highlight will be a new gate, measuring 19-feet-wide by 12-feet-tall and containing 75 parts, not including the granite foundation. Originally designed and constructed by Professor Kinsaku Nakane, an internationally known garden master from Kyoto, the renovation is a collaboration with the original team who supported Professor Nakane, including Shinichiro Abe of Zen Associates, Master of Landscape Architecture, who apprenticed under Professor Nakane in Kyoto and throughout Japan; Shiro Nakane, Professor Nakane’s son and chief assistant; and Julie Moir Messervy, Project Manager of the original garden, who studied landscaping design with Professor Nakane in Kyoto.”  MFA Boston (April 1, 2015) Website

We hope you will get a chance to visit the garden this spring and summer!  Click here for more information.

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