Local Landscape Architect and Sculptor, and a proponent of a “Berkshire Style” of design, gains international recognition for his award-winning stonework.
Jon Piasecki, of West Stockbridge, MA., recently won an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). This award honors the best landscape architecture from around the globe. Mr. Piasecki’s work is unique in that he is a one man design/build firm actually making the things he designs and thereby ensuring some of the highest quality of work being built in stone today. The ASLA awards jury wrote this about Mr. Piasecki’s work: “This is a vote for poetry, beauty and craft. This will endure. You could give this project to a jury in a hundred years and they’ll still give it an award.”
This work is directly inspired by the Berkshire landscape, Native American stone markers in western Massachusetts, and by the local mica schist. The work has been widely published in print and online here in the U.S.A. as well as in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and worldwide on several webzines and blogs. The work is also the subject of a short independent documentary by Orion Magazine titled-“Stone River: The Passion of Jon Piasecki.”
Mr. Piasecki is just one of several world class designers, artists and artisans practicing here in Berkshire County making a mark in the larger global design and artistic communities inspired by the proximity to urban life and the tranquility of our rural refuge.