The Moongate Garden

Today is the Mid Autumn (Moon) Festival, 中秋节, thought about this garden (ok, I admit it has nothing to do with the festival other than having moon in the name) we visited last month. The Mongate Garden was inspired by the gardens and architecture of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. It is designed by architect Jean Paul Carlhian. The Temple of Heaven 天坛 in Beijing was designed using a geometrical, axial layout, centered around the cardinal points of the compass. Granite and water are used abundantly in the Moongate Garden, making it very relaxing, even in the heat of the summer – DC can be humid.

The Moongate Garden is a small part of the Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Institution Building (Castle) in DC. Nearby, there are Hirshhorn MuseumSackler Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art, Ripley Garden … SacklerFreer, Haupt, Ripley, Hirshhorn, most of them were self-made in their chosen profession and some were even immigrant. I hope in the near future, we would see more museums/galleries bearing names Zhang, Wang, Li, Zhao, and the like in China/USA.

I know a couple, both are from China. One came to USA in 1963 starting high school and one in 1982 to attend college. They both are successful professionals, especially the late arrival who’s in the new economy (whose boss is consistently listed at the top as the richest man alive – since the company IPO’ed in 1986). The early arrival insists that their children make their own living and donate their money but the late arrival insists to leave the entire estate to their three children. This story, if it’s any indication, we would be seeing more and more museums/ galleries donated by Chinese in a generation or two? Yoga pix

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月亮的联想

今天是中秋节,想到我们上个月参观的这个华俯 Moongate Garden 月亮门花园. 该花园的灵感来自于北京的天坛公园,由建筑师 Jean Paul ·Carlhian设计. 月亮门花园里用了大量的花岗岩和水,即使在炎热的夏季 仍然令人感到轻松凉爽.(二个除了有个月亮 …没有什么关系.)

月亮门花园是史密森尼学会的一小部分,附近有赫希洪博物馆,赛克勒美术馆,弗利尔美术馆,里普利花园…赛克勒,弗里尔豪普特,里普利,赫希洪,他们中许多人是自造财富,有些还是移民。我希望在不久的将来,可以看到更多中国人捐献的博物馆/画廊,不管在中国还是美国。

我认识一对夫妇,都是来自中国。一个1963年来到美国,开始上高中,一个在1982年来美上大学。他们都是成功人士,尤其是迟到的那位,因为在新经济里工作。早到的那位坚称自己的孩子靠自己攒的钱生活,但迟到那位坚持把他们全部的财产留给他们三个孩子。这个故事,如果它是任何迹象显示,我们会​​开始看到在一两代人之后由中国捐赠越来越多的博物馆/美术馆?


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