“Outdoors & Recreation in Costa Mesa, CA”
This is a relaxing and worthwhile attraction to visit, but it is not visible from the street nor is it really on Anton Blvd. It also is not a museum, although if you do a web search on this term, you will be referred to the website of the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York. Instead, it is a work of public art by Isamu Noguchi that integrates landscaping, sculpture, fountains, surface-level and underground channels of water, and arrangements of rocks and plants. It has a very Zen sensibility that may remind you of traditional Japanese temple rock gardens, but also integrates elements of modernism. Noguchi also was responsible for the construction of some buildings adjoining this courtyard, which are also made from yellow sandstone. Some of the office workers who work in the highrise office towers surrounding this courtyard take their coffee or lunch breaks while sitting here on one of the benches.
We didn’t know quite what to expect so let me tell you. It is basically an office park plaza. Park below. We stayed about an hour and it was $10.50 to park. We had our picnic lunch here and it was very nice. There are tables just for that in addition to a sandwich place that has indoor and outdoor seating. The sign explaining the art is outside the sandwich place and I recommend looking at it. We saw it after and relooked after reading it and really enjoyed it. Perfect lunch or picnic spot.
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