Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
Sonoma’s emphasis on foods extends beyond the borders of the downtown area. There’s an authenticity in the city’s fixation on “real” food that reveals the foodie vibe isn’t just a pretension for unsuspecting tourists. I find that after some time in Sonoma’s Cornerstone Gardens, I’m always inspired by this authenticity, enough so that I spend the next few days thinking about planting my own backyard vegetable garden. Some parts of the Gardens are devoted to growing food, while others feature beautiful flowers or native plants. Here and there among the greenery, a sculpture peeks out.
My favorite section is divided into small gardens you can walk through, each designed by a different artist to convey a different meaning. Fortunately, much of this is explained on signs by each area, making it easy even for those of us who struggle with unconventional art to understand the meaning. All in all, it’s a beautiful place that always leads me to reexamine my understanding of the relation between land, food, nature, and art.
In writing this, I’m realizing that my relatively newfound love for the Cornerstone Gardens has been something of a distraction. The nearby scenery, particularly Jack London State Historic Park, is equally beautiful in its own wild way—though less related to Sonoma’s spirit.