About Living Sculpture by Bruce J. Morgan

By profession, I am a consultant and design/build contractor involved in conceptual landscape design, land planning, and the construction of aesthetic features such as monumental stone sculpture, waterfalls, streams, swimming pools, lush temperate and tropical gardens, artificial ecosystems, interpretive trails, and habitat design for wildlife enhancement.

My projects grace the public and private spaces of architectural settings throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and in Hong Kong.

I provide a complete service including feasibility consultation, design, project coordination, construction supervision, and the provision of labor and materials for the finished product.

Each project is conceived and executed as a work of art. Systems are designed for minimal maintenance. Indigenous themes and materials are used wherever appropriate. Every effort is made to replicate the intricacy and beauty of nature.

Many of my past commissions have been for water features and the associated landscapes at universities, botanical gardens, and in the public areas of large hotels and resorts.

Examples of resort commissions include the Fort Young Hotel in beautiful Dominica, an elaborate poolscape on the island of St. Kitts, the atrium and poolscape of the Hotel Marriott in Quito, Ecuador, a surreal cloud forest aviary for the Miami Beach Marriott, a water conservation and wildlife enhancement feature for a resort in Grenada, planning for "fantasy" themed pools for resorts in Barbados and the Dominican Republic, the master planning of a proposed destination resort on Eleuthera, renovation of the Bimini Big Game Club, and the ecological restoration, trail system, and landscaping of a private island in the Bahamas.

My most elaborate and beautiful project to date has been the design and construction of the Butterfly Rainforest at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera at the Florida Natural History Museum. This state of the art facility draws vistors from around the world.

< Embassy Suites Hotel,

Jacksonville, FL.

A view of the atrium wintergarden from above. The two atrium water features are hidden beneath the overhanging vegetation. This garden grew to become even more lush and beautiful. Winter weddings are often held beneath the canopy of trees.

Embassy Suites Hotel >

Jacksonville, FL.

A view of one of the atrium waterfalls shortly after installation. The microclimate created by the falling water caused the tree fern to grow rapidly into a magnificent specimen.

< Adaptive re-use:

The Fort Young Hotel on the lovely Caribbean island of Dominica was built atop an ancient fort. One of the Fort's outer walls was structurally unsound and had to be reinforced with an ugly concrete retaining wall.
Now a beautiful waterfall landscaped with native rainforest plants cascades from the ramparts to the courtyard below.

Ocean Terrace Inn >

St. Kitts, West Indies.

As the landscape matures a sub-canopy of frangipani and other flowering tropical trees will cast a dappled shade over the pool. The water will become covered with blossoms. Shafts of sunlight will illuminate the deep blue water, and an earthly paradise will be attained