Hiroshi Sugimoto’s sculpture garden redesign at the Hirshhorn Museum wins final approval from the Commission of Fine Arts

Yesterday, the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) granted final design approval to Japanese designer and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s landscape revamp at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Five commissioners voted to approve the plan and two voted against it.

Architect Billie Tsien, the newly elected chair of the commission who voted for its approval, called the design “sensitive, thoughtful, thorough” while describing the Smithsonian’s approach to the landscape revitalization as “how to make buildings and gardens live.”

Winning unanimous preliminary approval from the CFA and National Capital Planning Commission in 2019 after Sugimoto’s renovation of the main museum lobby, the overhaul of the

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