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Let us discern the true nature of beauty and grace; and dwell in a land of health, amid fair sights and sounds; and Beauty, the effluence of fair works that draw the into harmony with the beauty of reason. — Plato.

RECORDING, PRESERVING, REHABILITATING, RESTORING & CREATING LEGACY PROPERTIES AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES INFORMED BY ART, HISTORY AND PLACE

David J Driapsa Landscape Architecture works collaboratively with discriminating clients to record, preserve, rehabilitate and create legacy landscapes.

Of the principles which guided the great Renaissance garden-makers it is not so easy to speak, for it was in poetry, in imagination that they reigned supreme, and inspiration is a breath of the muses which may not be brought within the rules of art. Their first thought was for the aesthetic impression upon the individual, for sentiment and emotion, for intellectual suggestion, for chords struck upon those vague, nebulous, spectral feelings which are ever trembling upon the threshold of consciousness. To them the garden seemed to be only half the problem, the other half was that blundering ghost-haunted miracle, the human mind. Thus they learnt the value of striking contrast of sudden and thrilling surprise; of close confinement as a prelude to boundless freedom of scorching sun as a prelude to welcome shade or cooling river; of monotony, even of ugliness, set for a foil to enchanting beauty, as a discord is used in music, as the lowered tone of a landscape brings out the fires of sunset or the primrose light of dawn, as a dwarfish figure on a Greek sarcophagus gives grandeur to a frieze of fighting heroes. Their work, like that of all great artists, is full of mystery, of haunting beauty, of magic which all must feel but few can understand.