Coming out of the exhibition in the wintry sunshine we were taken by the landscape, a striking arrangement of palms and other plants with strong forms. Contrasted with the bright red of the building, it was quite spectacular. We later discovered it had been designed by the artist Robert Irwin and landscape architect Paul Comstock. Irwin is also known for his Garden at the Getty, another of my favorites that I have previously visited and enthused about. (Read about it here)
The landscape is actually called The Primal Palm Garden and contains over 100 palms, cycads and tree ferns. The significance of ancient plants links the garden with the nearby Tar Pits and the ice Age discoveries.