East/West Arbor & Gift Gardens

1989-91. Spokane, WA. International Agricultural Trade Center. 140’ x 220’.


Cedar timbers, planting materials, crushed stone paths. The structures function as reception, performance, display and seating areas. They are surrounded by a network of vine-like paths which connect the entrances and exits of arbors, platform and park. Species of plantings indigenous to Spokane’s sister cities of Mainland China, Japan, Germany, the Soviet Union and Ireland are planted within pocket areas formed by the “vine” pathways. The “Gift Gardens” are based on the ancient tradition of sharing one’s culture and home with the gift of a plant to the visitor.


Commissioned through the Percent for Art Programs of the Spokane Arts Commission & WA State Arts Commission.