Imagining the future: ‘Composite Landscapes’ at the Gardner

Even the best landscape architects need more than blueprints to sell their projects.

For many years they have used the technique of montage – superimposing one or more images over another – to show how they plan to transform an empty lot or an old building into a new landscape.

In a first-of-its-kind show, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is hosting “Composite Landscapes,’’ an illuminating exhibition that explores how leading landscape architects have employed familiar techniques from painting and photography in new ways to express and promote their visions.

Straddling the realms of architecture and art, it features 50 images that demonstrate how varied forms of montage have been used to show the changing dimensions of a site or project over time.

Visitors will see an engaging mix of drawings, photomontages, acrylics and pastels, a video and hybrid works used by architects and artists to express

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