A public park expanded and renovated by Kurisu where distinct gardens, inspired by historical periods of Japanese garden design, flow together in one cohesive experience.
- Delray Beach, Florida
- 16 acres
- 1999 – 2001 ← Back to All
Amid the increasingly technological, urban society of the 21st century, Roji-en, The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Japanese Garden at the Morikami Museum provides a balm for modern life. Roji-en was envisioned by Kurisu as a sanctuary for the human spirit – a place where immersion in nature might meet some of our most fundamental human needs.
When I want to be peaceful in my heart now, I just stop and think of the garden.
Participant in Stroll for Wellbeing Program
Once he started building, people here at the museum noticed the changes. It really is a sensual and emotional kind of experience. It really does change your mood and your pace. People are going to find this to be a moving experience.
Larry Rosensweig, Morikami Museum Director, 2000, The Palm Beach Post, January 23, 2000
Hoichi Kurisu wants you to walk slowly through this garden, listening to the wind that whispers through the pine tree across the lake. Perhaps you'll stop to rest on the cool, smooth surface of granite boulder and then, when all is still, you'll hear it: Your own heart beating a calm and steady rhythm.
Heather Graulich, The Palm Beach Post, January 23, 2000