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Since the 16th century, Shinto and Zen Buddhist teachings have inspired the design of small courtyard gardens (tsuboniwa) in Japanese homes*. To this day, these masterpieces of landscape design connect residents and guests with wild nature and provide a focus for aesthetic contemplation**.

This composition extends the miniature garden concept, combining traditional materials of stone, plants, and water with modern materials. The 6 main stones and the rock wall backdrop are feather rock fragments. The pond, background, and frame are reclaimed Corian.

A recessed grow lamp accentuates the surface textures and facilitates plant growth, allowing this composition to be located on any wall, irrespective of available sunlight.

*Locher, M. (2012). Zen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 17-18.

**Mizuno, K. (2006). Courtyard Gardens of Kyoto’s Merchant Houses. Kodansha International. p. viii.

miniature Japanese stone garden wall hanging
Courtyard Garden Window
mixed
29" x 18" x 4"
2013