Landscape as Artform

Gardens are our passion. To us, landscape installation is a form of art and expression into which we pour our hearts and souls. Our lead installers are our married partners: sculptor, Kevin Shluka and landscape designer, Katie Shluka. Watch as they work together to magically transform space from Katie's design through Kevin's artistry in building walls, stairs, and landform. 

Eagle's View Home & Studio

Iron Mountain Flagstone

Iron Mountain Flagstone

Agastache, Mexican Feather Grass, Pines, Catmint

Agastache, Mexican Feather Grass, Pines, Catmint

Sloping Walkway with 1/4-10 gravel is a good safe surface for everyone

Sloping Walkway with 1/4-10 gravel is a good safe surface for everyone

Steel sculpture with pebble mosaic by Kevin Shluka

Steel sculpture with pebble mosaic by Kevin Shluka

Mexican Feather grass & Catmint

Mexican Feather grass & Catmint

Reused stone with local basalt boulders and Molalla ledgestone inspired by the Trullli stone houses of southern Italy

Reused stone with local basalt boulders and Molalla ledgestone inspired by the Trullli stone houses of southern Italy

Local Basalt boulders with places to plant

Local Basalt boulders with places to plant

Many ways to get up and down...

 

More than any other feature in the garden stairs must balance form and functionality. Staircase design requires thoughtful consideration to meet our clients' individual needs for safety, durability, and style.

 

 
Bamboo Steps - These maintain a gentle presence in the garden.  Simple, durable and easy to navigate.

Bamboo Steps - These maintain a gentle presence in the garden.  Simple, durable and easy to navigate.

Block Steps

Block Steps

Bamboo Steps with Handrail

Bamboo Steps with Handrail

Steel Stairs - Simple and structural, an element of architecture in the landscape.

Steel Stairs - Simple and structural, an element of architecture in the landscape.

Flagstone Steps - Iron Mountain

Flagstone Steps - Iron Mountain

Flagstone Steps - Bluestone

Flagstone Steps - Bluestone

"Basalt Treads" - locally quarried

"Basalt Treads" - locally quarried

"Tuscan Treads" Slab Stairs

"Tuscan Treads" Slab Stairs

Retaining earth and history

 

Cultures throughout history are identified with how their land has been terraced, how their fields defined. Every wall is unique - an expression of engineering and artistry.

 

 
Steel with Boulder Bookends

Steel with Boulder Bookends

Hand-selected Building Stone

Hand-selected Building Stone

Chateau Block

Chateau Block

Boulder Anchor Wall from Local Basalt

Boulder Anchor Wall from Local Basalt

Iron Mountain Flagstone with Woolly Thyme

Iron Mountain Flagstone with Woolly Thyme

Iron Mountain Flagstone

Iron Mountain Flagstone

Quarter-ten gravel - small angular gravel that is gentle on the eyes and feet

Quarter-ten gravel - small angular gravel that is gentle on the eyes and feet

Three-Quarter Round Gravel - lovely low maintenance surface that discourages weeds

Three-Quarter Round Gravel - lovely low maintenance surface that discourages weeds

Pavers - clean and elegant... this hardscape was done by our friends and colleagues Bros and Hoes Landscaping

Pavers - clean and elegant... this hardscape was done by our friends and colleagues Bros and Hoes Landscaping

Three-Quarter Minus Gravel - a fresh coat can renew the landscape

Three-Quarter Minus Gravel - a fresh coat can renew the landscape

Eight-Inch Minus Cobble - a gentle transition from hard to soft

Eight-Inch Minus Cobble - a gentle transition from hard to soft

Native Plants and their Allies

 

A garden you can love as well as maintain. Why fight nature when you can foster it to create a home for wildlife as well as an oasis you don't have to struggle to sustain.

 

 

Bio

Kevin Shluka

Artist Kevin Shluka realizes sculpture from molten glass that is inspired by his past and present surroundings. Shluka found his introduction to glass in 1995, when he made his home in the Pojoaque Valley north of Santa Fe, N.M. After a brief period under the tutelage of Charlie Miner at the Tesuque Glassworks, Shluka decided to pursue his education from the masters of Murano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon known for a millennium of history in the art of glassblowing. Fortune led him to the door of maestro Dino Rosin, who would become Shluka’s friend and mentor. Rosin is a glass master of forty-seven years experience who in his time has collaborated with greats such as Picasso and Chagall.

This path he followed upon return to New Mexico where he sought collaboration with the many great thinkers attracted to the art, science, and spirit that magically conglomerate between Santa Fe, Taos, and Los Alamos. Physicists from the National Laboratories and The Santa Fe Institute worked with Shluka to realize their fields of study in three-dimensions. Included among these are Nobel Prize winner, Murray Gell-Mann and Lee Nichol, author and collaborator with David Bohm (himself a friend and collaborator of diverse thinkers like Einstein and the Dalai Lama). Shluka also found opportunity to work with great minds of the spiritual realm including T.K.V. Desikachar and his prodigy, Sonia Nelson. Additionally, he was able to collaborate with Patricia Strout, a grand blacksmith whose support brought incomparable changes to Shluka's work.  Despite these great partnerships Shluka’s spirit called him elsewhere.

“I could not find peace with the materials and energies that were required to maintain a furnace full of 2100° glass. I wanted to continue to use glass but in a manner more akin to painting, that I could focus on a piece for a period without the demands of production required to maintain the costs of a traditional shop. The ecological toll of such consumption never accorded with the tranquility and fragility I seek to express in my work.”

This change of focus included a desired change of location. Shluka constructed a miniaturized studio that could be transported easily from place to place. He began explorations with the new techniques required to work at such a scale, and meanwhile traveled the country in search of a permanent home. Temporary waysides included Monterey, Seattle, upstate NY, New Orleans, and Waveland, MS among other posts. Transient until traveling along the Oregon Coast on a sunny weekend where his heart jumped ship and demanded that the body follow. There, Shluka has made his home where he continues explorations with this unique approach. He has found that the lush and oversized environment of the Oregon wilderness has shaped his art as much as the misted and dramatic scapes of Venice, or the arid and expansive badlands of New Mexico. See in his work the life that emerges from the roots that enstrangle, here in the verdant vastness of the Oregon Coast.

 

Tsunami Wave steel and concrete pebble mosaic made custom to be placed in garden setting

Playing with light...

Playing with light...

Epipod

Orchidae

David Bohm's Universe

Wave Pebble Mosaic Steel, concrete, pebble mosaic