All painting has eye appeal, and most of it can be lived with.

The art of architects and of landscape architects is more fundamental: it is meant to be lived in. One of the top artists America has produced, Frederick Law Olmsted, worked entirely with hills and hollows, trees and grass. He designed fine parks for Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and Chicago, made Manhattan's Central Park his masterpiece.

Plans for Central Park were laid just a century ago. Olmsted spent most of the rest of his life making the dream come true. His aim was "to complement. . . the beauty of the...

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