Restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library: Orazio Porto

In Longstaffe-Gowan's design, patterned accessible walkways of hand-laid bluestone recall the Renaissance floor patterns inside the library building and knit together three primary planting areas that bring the garden to life. Sicilian artisan Orazio Porto comes from a family of artisans known for their work using the 2,800 year old Roman method of laying pebble pavements for generations. Using hand-picked pebbles selected from the Mediterranean Sea, Porto has brought his craftsmanship to the Morgan, creating remarkable new Greco-Roman cobblestone pathways that will guide our visitors throughout the garden.