met Andy Cao in 2001. Neither was content with conventional landscape architecture so they founded the Cao Perrot Studio. Andy, formerly from Vietnam, is based in Los Angeles while Xavier is in Brittany – but they often work together.
Cao says they want to make places for dreaming, whimsical gardens and outdoor installations, which conjure drama from hybridised materials. It’s not about nature, but about alternate worlds.
Their new Crystal Cloud (Crystalline Garden, Austria) – a monumental installation drifting above a black Mirror Pool and sculpted ripple earthwork – entices visitors to pause and dream. At 1,400 m², the ‘Cloud’ is the largest of its kind in the world.
Their art works dominate landscapes like the Lullaby Gardens, Sonoma, Cal., where carpet stretches over 121m² of rolling landform. Their garden designs often contrast bold waving patterns (grasses) contrasting with one-colour lavender or osteospermum (African Daisies). Tim Richardson says this evokes meditative responses, like drifting in and out of sleep.
Xavier says – they share a singular vision. We are drawn to no story, no form, no meaning, and no need to make sense. The work is low tech and hand-made, often juxtaposing unexpected materials to highlight their inherent imperfections as beauty marks.
 Pp60-65 Tim Richardson. Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape. (Thames & Hudson).
PRESENTATION #1 — «A Place for Dreaming»
Blurring the line between art and landscape has been a CAO PERROT leitmotiv for over a decade. Making a place for dreaming has resulted in a diverse portfolio, which includes intimate gardens, public art installations in historic and contemporary sites, and park design.
Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot are two individuals who share a singular vision. They’re drawn to no story, no form, no meaning, and no need to make sense. The work is low tech and hand-made, often juxtaposing unexpected materials to highlight their inherent imperfections as beauty marks.
PRESENTATION #2 — «Crystalline Garden» — Title to be confirmed
Swarovski Crystal Worlds was created in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Swarovski. It is one of Austria’s major tourist destinations.
In May 2015, marking its 120th anniversary, the newly expanded Crystal Worlds will re-open to the public, including a new park, restaurant, playground and store.
The 7. 5 hectare Crystalline Garden designed by CAO PERROT, drew inspiration from the Tyrollean landscape and the existing iconic Giant, created by multi-media artist Andre Heller.
Crowning feature of the new Garden is the Crystal Cloud. This monumental installation drifts above a black Mirror Pool and sculpted ripple earthwork, enticing visitors to pause and be inspired. Straddling an area of roughly 1,400 square meters, the ephemeral Crystal Cloud is the largest of its kind in the world.
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