TCLF’s First Exclusively Online Silent Auction is a Virtual Winner

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TCLF’s First Exclusively Online Silent Auction is a Virtual Winner

TCLF’s First Exclusively Online Silent Auction is a Virtual Winner
Oct 16, 2020

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Sixteenth Annual Silent Auction, originally scheduled to take place in Miami during the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual meeting, was held exclusively online due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. And while the experience was different, it was a huge success raising more than $60,000. Bidding was constant, enthusiastic and competitive. The success was due in part to the presence of works by TCLF auction stars including Lawrence Halprin and Cindy Sherman, along with works by first time participants such as Janet Echelman and Elyn Zimmerman.

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Drawings of planting schemes for three portions of the FDR Memorial - Sketches by Lawrence Halprin, 1996

The virtual event featuring nearly 70 works took place from September 21 through October 5. Watercolors, pen and ink drawings, photographic prints, hand-dyed batik on Jacquard silk, and a reclaimed sandstone bench were just a few mediums in the mix. Four of the highest winning bids went for Three Rocks, Jeongnamjin, Jeollanam-do, South Korea, 2018 by Michael Kenna; Untitled Industrial Landscape (A Group of 4 Works) by Kevin MacDonald; Donnell Pool Reflection by Millicent Harvey; Paris Place des Vosges by Jeffrey Millstein. “I was so thrilled when I got the news I had won…” wrote one bidder who took home her favorite designer’s piece, “I almost dropped my phone.”

In addition, the auction website included the option to purchase TCLF’s What’s Out There Guidebooks to cities throughout the United States and Canada. If you missed your chance at the auction, they are available on our website here.

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[Left to right] Three Rocks, Jeongnamjin, Jeollanam-do, South Korea, 2018 by Michael Kenna; Untitled Industrial Landscape (A Group of 4 Works) by Kevin MacDonald; Donnell Pool Reflection by Millicent Harvey; Paris Place des Vosges by Jeffrey Millstein.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the Pioneers of American Landscape Design®, which includes print and online biographies of landscape architects and allied professionals, and an ever-growing, award-winning series of videotaped first-person interviews with significant practitioners. TCLF is grateful for the generous support of our auction donors and our Annual Sponsor, ASLA. In 2003, TCLF launched the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® initiative in partnership with ASLA with the goal of documenting, collecting and preserving the unique first-hand perspectives of renowned landscape practitioners. ASLA’s continued commitment to this project ensures that funds raised go directly to support TCLF's programming.

Our great thanks and gratitude for the critical support of our amazing auction sponsors: ABC Stone, Bartlett Tree Experts, Country Casual Teak, Maglin, Victor Stanley, and our educational partner the American Society of Landscape Architects.

If you are interested in donating a work of art to our auction in 2021, contact Aileen Beringer at [email protected]