Ishi-gaki completed in Kubota Garden

Construction team pictured from left to right: Jacobo Jimenez, Philip Gibson, Eric Sterner, Lorin Kaywood, Adam Hart, Don Brooks, Yoshitaka Sekiguchi, Matt Driscoll, Suminori Awata, Kevin Kobylczak, Jonathan Courtland, Michael Murphy, Seth Jenks, Kyle Schlagenhauf, Derrik Van Nimwegen, Kentaro Kojima, Ray Bernardez, Lance Myers, and Osamu Urushihara. Not pictured: Sadafumi Uchiyama, Ramon Garcia, Tetsuro Tanabe, Junji Awata, Pepper Goldsmith.


On Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Kubota Garden celebrated the completion of the ishi-gaki (dry-laid stone wall) constructed during the two-week “Rock, People, Chisels” workshop. Stone masons from around the country sorted through more than 300 tons of stone, sizing and setting the wall into place by hand. The wall will serve as a base for a new overlook terrace in the garden. 

Now that the ishi-gaki is in place, Seattle Parks Carpentry and Cement crews will build the shelter structure. The overlook terrace will include a stone platform and modest shelter structure, integrated paths and landscaping. It will be located at the north end of the Kubota Garden Terrace above the Spring Pond, providing a much-needed informal event space and casual viewing area.

For more information about the project’s history, please click here.