Pair build­ing ‘mys­ti­cal earth sculp­tures’

Home - Santa Fe Real Estate Guide - - SANTA FEREÁL - By Paul Wei­de­man

“Be­fore I came, this was just a slop­ing, bor­ing hill,” Tobi Wilde said. “I de­cided I wanted to ter­race it.” She was stand­ing near the en­trance to the Val­ley Drive home of David Har­ra­dine and Carolyn Glick. “Carolyn saw an­other de­sign I did, a yin-yang, at 635 E. Alameda and that got her in­spired for me to do a ris­ing sun with rays.”

The re­sult is a stand­out land­scape of col­or­ful stone and sculpted planted ar­eas.

AdamStein­berg, In­digo Spirit Land­scapes, works with Wilde, owner of Glo­ri­ous Earth Land­scapes. “We found pic­tures of the ris­ing sun on the in­ter­net, then we started com­ing up with all of these col­ors, from the red tile to ocher,” he said. “She calls out the shades she wants to have.”

As you go up the eight broad steps to the front door, the sun im­ages on the steps ad­vance from just squeak­ing over the hori­zon to fully “risen.” The flow­ing shapes of the sun and ray fig­ures, and of the curvy-cut steps them­selves, are off­set by thin straight “hori­zon” lines of pur­ple-gray por­phyry. Stein­berg said the in­ner part of the treads are or­ange ceramic tile and the outer part of the treads and the walk­ways are Brazil­ian basalt flag­stone. The step ris­ers and gar­den-bed walls are a mix of New Mex­ico gran­ites and sand­stone, river rock, and field­stones. The nearly white stone used for the ac­tual sun seg­ments is a sand­stone from In­dia. Much of this ma­te­rial was sourced at Ground Floor Stone on Ma­clovia Street.

“This was very tight. I wanted it to be very open and wel­com­ing,” Wilde said.

Plants in the new­land­scape in­clude se­dums, pur­ple and yel­low ice plants, blue avena or­na­men­tal grass, spirea, and agas­tache.

The project also in­cluded a sub­stan­tial re­model of the drive­way, which is now paved in squares of Brazil­ian por­phyry.

The team (which also in­cludes Paul Volmer) will build a dry streambed to deal with the runoff com­ing off the hill be­hind the house, and will de­sign and build a stair­case go­ing down to the street.

“I am grate­ful to be work­ing with Tobi build­ing her de­signs,” Stein­berg said. “Her ideas are so in­spired they al­ways

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