Led by the Land: Landscapes by Kim Wilkie - Kim WilkieLondon: Frances Lincoln, 2011, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the half-title page — without provenance but with a promotional sticker to the upper panel. Includes: Sketches; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Plans;
From the cover: “Leading landscape architect Kim Wilkie writes compellingly about his work and his field for the first time. Combining the restoration of historic landscapes with radical new designs, Wilkie’s work for private clients ranges from Heveningham, where he implemented Capability Brown’s plans, to a massive new landform work, Orpheus, for the Duke of Buccleuch at Boughton House. Public works include new designs for Hyde Park Corner and a new courtyard for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the largest green wall in North America at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania and the strategic masterplan for the world heritage site at the Solovetsky Archipelago, Russia.
Led by the Land is a major contribution to the literature on landscape, sustainability, regeneration, and design. Wilkie looks back at more than twenty years at the forefront of his profession, and forward to projects which are ongoing, or now in development, including Botanic Gardens in Moscow and Oxford, the redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks and a new cemetery for the City of London.
In astonishingly vivid terms, he explores how landscape is a kind of riddle: it changes with every cloud and mood, and yet it is timeless and stationary. Drawing on a wide range of research, reference points, insights, conversations and practical experiences, he reveals that the key to his work is to listen to the stories and then continue the tale, allowing the memory and imagination of what has gone before to inspire fresh design in the evolving pattern. With some 160 plans and colour photographs, including specially commissioned aerial photography of several major works, this is an especially rich account of an unusual talent.”