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Kent Bloomer

Nature as Ornament

Sunil Bald (Editor), Gary Huafan He (Editor), Thomas Beeby (Contributions by), Kent Bloomer (Contributions by), Turner Brooks (Contributions by), Edward Casey (Contributions by), Douglas Cooper (Contributions by), Mari Hvattum (Contributions by), Guru Dev Kaur Khalsa (Contributions by), Emer O'Daly (Contributions by), Richard Prum (Contributions by), Willie Ruff (Contributions by), Stacey Sloboda (Contributions by), Michael Young (Contributions by)


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A celebration of renowned sculptor and educator Kent Bloomer’s work, examining the role of ornament in contemporary architecture and society

Best known for New York’s Central Park luminaires (1982), the ornamentation at Rice University’s Baker Hall in Houston (1997), and his work on Yale University’s Bass Library entrance pavilion and Sterling Memorial Library stairwell entrance (2007), the sculptor Kent Bloomer (b. 1935) has not only influenced the discussion around ornament in contemporary architectural practice, but has inspired developments in a range of disciplines that include history, music, art, philosophy, and biology. With a retrospective look at Bloomer’s work as a point of departure, scholars from a variety of different fields explore his contributions to the history of ornament as both a social and an artistic phenomenon. Through the lens of Bloomer’s groundbreaking oeuvre, this volume reorients the discourse of ornament from a contentious vestige of modernity toward its active relationship to architecture, landscape, urbanism, and a sense of place.

The Yale School of Architecture, 9780300254716, 186pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2021

About the Author

Sunil Bald is associate dean and professor adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture. Gary Huafan He is a researcher (tenure-track) at Zhejiang University School of Art and Archaeology in Hangzhou, China.