It was an ambitious task for an artist with a busy schedule.
But in June 2016, in a tiny room on the first floor of the San Francisco Art Institute, a group of students from the Artistic Design School was working on a garden design that would become one of the most iconic of its kind in the world.
It was a big idea, but also a bold one.
The garden was going to be a showcase for the school’s innovative new art-making program, called Garden Design.
This was the school, after all, which pioneered the idea of using art as a vehicle to explore a wider social and cultural agenda.
It has been named one of America’s best-kept secrets and a cornerstone of its culture.
The design was born in the summer of 2016, when a few of the students who would become the team behind the project, including David Leblanc, a design professor at the Art Institute and a former assistant art director at the National Gallery of Art, decided to try something different.
The idea was simple: A series of small art pieces would be hung throughout the school and would be rotated over the course of the year.
Each year, the students would rotate their art pieces.
It would be the schoolwide initiative, and it would be something the students could see on a daily basis.
It wouldn’t be a showpiece, but it would represent the school as a whole.
“The idea was to show that art is a vehicle,” says Leblanco, who designed the project in collaboration with the students.
“It’s an opportunity for the students to come together as a community, to have a conversation, to reflect on what they’re working on and where they’re at in their journey as artists.”
The idea for the garden was born In March of 2017, the two students and the Art Design School, in cooperation with a local nonprofit organization, commissioned a team of students to design a new garden.
The project was originally going to focus on the Art Center’s Art of the Year project, but that project fell through and was scrapped, leaving the students with a blank canvas to fill in the spaces.
The goal was to create a garden with a purpose that would inspire young people to think about what art can be and encourage them to do it, regardless of what they want to do in their lives.
The students decided to take a different approach.
“We wanted to make it a project that could be seen from every side, to help inspire and empower young people and to inspire them to be creative in their own way,” Leblans says.
It began with the garden design, which was an idea that was originally sparked by Leblance’s desire to make his students see art as an opportunity to create art in a space that they didn’t normally see.
“As soon as I saw this idea, I was like, ‘Wow, this could be a really powerful tool for me to create something,'” Leblanco says.
“I wanted to have the garden, to be in a garden and to have my students be in the garden.”
The team created a prototype of the garden and began work on the art pieces they would hang throughout the campus.
In the spring of 2018, Leblanes and the students went to the garden to meet with the director of the program, who invited them to show off their project to other artists.
“There was this sense of excitement,” LeBlanc says.
The team began working on the garden.
“When we started to do this, we were like, Oh, this is great.
This is what we want to be doing.”
The Garden Design Team The design took the form of two pieces that each featured a different color scheme.
They were designed to have different dimensions, with a centerpiece that was made out of metal and another that was a steel plate.
Leblances says the project also involved making sure the garden looked good from every angle, to the front, to all sides.
It’s a bold and ambitious project, says LeBlances, who says it was the first time that the group had created a design on the campus of a project.
“This was a huge project for the Art School,” he says.
With the garden now completed, the group worked on the next stage of the project.
LeBlanches says that the students wanted to create an area that could grow with other projects in mind.
“They were really interested in making it look like a living room,” he explains.
“What they wanted to do was bring together different projects and have it all grow into something really unique.”
In the end, they succeeded.
In May of 2019, the garden received a stamp of approval from the city of San Francisco.
“San Francisco has one of, if not the most amazing garden spaces in the city, and I was excited about seeing this garden for myself,” LeBLanc says, referring to the campus’ landscaping. “A garden