Landscape Architect Lisa Switkin Muses on the Connection Between Nature and Memory

Landscape Architect Lisa Switkin Muses on the Connection Between Nature and Memory

By Dwell
Switkin recalls 25 years worth of memories from a memento box that never leaves her deskside.

I’ve been collecting these mementos—rocks, corals, pieces of driftwood, shells, and pinecones—for more than 25 years. When I touch their surfaces, I’m reminded of the power of memory and stories. Not just my own stories, but others’ stories, historical accounts, and even the untold stories I might never know. For example, the driftwood is from Hills Beach in Maine, near the home of my husband’s great-great-grandmother. 

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