Sunday, May 22, 2011

Three theme gardens, esconsed in three parts of the city..

The city lives by it's motto, "Urbs in Horto", Latin for "City in a Garden". Come spring there are flowers everywhere. Today I bring three theme gardens in three parts of the city...
[1] Osaka Japanese Garden, in Jackson Park..
[2] Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, in Lincoln Park..
[3] Lurie Garden, in Millennium Park..



Osaka Japanese Garden..
A Japanese garden..
Originally created during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the garden has gone through several renovations and expansions. It features three styles of traditional granite lanters were imported from Japan. Kasuga [upright], Rankei [overhanging] and Yukimi [four-legged snow lanterns]. Including one Kasuga lamps that has survived from 1893. There is zigzag stepping stones, moon bridge and a pavilion. The garden also offers the best view of the Museum of Science and Industry.
For more, click here..



Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool..
A prairie garden..
It was first landscaped in 1889 and designated as a place in which to cultivate tropical water lilies. In the 1930's, it was re-designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell. It's made in the tradition of the Prairie School, influenced by such greats as Frank Lloyd Wright and Caldwell’s teacher, Jens Jensen.
The garden is arranged around a lily pool to create the look of a creek running through a Midwest prairie, with features like stone outcroppings, a pavilion, a council ring, a cascading waterfall, and several plant species native to the prairies. In 1942, Caldwell called the pool "a hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis"...
For more, click here..



Lurie Garden..
A perennial garden, with New Wave Planting Style.
This is one of my favourite places in Chicago!!It is designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel, and pays homage to Chicago's motto, "Urbs in Horto".
It is more of a perennial garden with 65% of the plants are native to North America. The landscaping divides it into Light Plate [West portion] and Dark Plate [East portion], divided by a wooden boardwalk called the Seam and protected by Shoulder hedges. The Lurie Garden is one of the first examples in the United States to experiment with the "New Wave Planting Style", with the use of native plants, perennials, grasses and bulbs, to create a landscape that changes colors, textures and shapes through different seasons, just like a natural landscape does. This style is relaxed and natural. It is less geometric and less controlled than traditional gardens.
For more, click here..

While I am at it, some other beautiful gardens..
Cancer Survivors Garden, in Grant Park..

Grandmother's Garden, in Lincoln Park..

South Garden, Art Institute of Chicago..

RELATED LINKS:
# Osaka Japanese Garden, in Jackson Park..
# Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, in Lincoln Park..
# Lurie Garden, in Millennium Park..
# Cancer Survivors Garden, in Grant Park..
# Gardens in the Grant Park..
# Grandmother's Garden, in Lincoln Park..
# South Garden, Art Institute of Chicago..
# North Garden, Art Institute of Chicago...
# Gardens and Conservatories..

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Runners - by Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis..





May 16, 2011..
Spring of 2011 has been particularly rainy! I have been photographing The Runners for some time now, but this gray sculpture against an overcast gray sky, was not giving me, the type of images I was looking for. And then today happened! A gorgeous day, with clear blue sky. I could not let it pass by. I visited The Runners in the morning and in the evening, and here are some images from the day. I got vibrancy and color gradations with dramatic yellow, orange, blue and black! Finally!!!
Above images: Evening shots [about 7.30 pm]
Below images: Morning shots [about 7.00 am]




RELATED LINKS:
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Landscaping]..
# Coffee with Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners: Fundraising at Rosewood Banquets..
# The Runners by Theodoros Papagiannis [Installation: A Pictorial Documentation]..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Attention to details]..
# The Windy City will soon have a new symbol, "The Runners", by Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Finishing touches at Duroweld Co. Inc.]...
# International Sculpture Program of Chicago Gateway Green Project..

St Ives, Patron Saint of Lawyers [ at Northwestern University School of Law]


St Ives, Patron Saint of Lawers..
Northwestern University School of Law..
Any more information on this sculpture id welcome!


Northwestern University School of Law Courtyard..


Another sculpture perfectly situated in the courtyeard is "Why" by Richard Hunt..

The Runners - by Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis [Final stages: Landscaping]




City of "The Runners"..
This latest addition to Chicago's Public Art collection, is a gift to Chicago by the Athens Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. I have been following the Runners for a long time now. The scupture has been made to last for more than a thousand years. No Kidding!!! These are special vessel grade stainless steel, two-&-quarter-inches thick, and there is about 5 foot of concrete below the surface and everything that has gone in the concrete, including the rebars, have been coated with non-corrostive elements.

Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis, sculptor of The Runners. Check out the Theodoros Papagiannis Museum of Contemporary Art, in Elliniko, Ioannina, Greece. click here..

Mr. Demetrois Kozonis, Chairman of Athens Committe, very closely associated with the installation of The Runners..



The groundcover around the installation is Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'. Landscaping is by Christy Webber Landscapes, click here..

Can you tell what time of the day it was, seeing the shadow?


From left: Manuel Vargas, Miguel Aguayo, Renaldo Patino, Jorge Nunes and Felemon Torres..

Planes, trains, automobiles and The Runners..


Now it's hard to believe that about a month back, the place looked like this...

RELATED LINKS:
# Coffee with Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners: Fundraising at Rosewood Banquets..
# The Runners by Theodoros Papagiannis [Installation: A Pictorial Documentation]..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Attention to details]..
# The Windy City will soon have a new symbol, "The Runners", by Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Finishing touches at Duroweld Co. Inc.]...
# International Sculpture Program of Chicago Gateway Green Project..

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Coffee with Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis.. [sculptor of "The Runners"]

Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis..

The Runners, with sculptor Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis..

Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis.. in the well-lit conference room of Delko Construction Co. Inc. Bldg...

May 5, 2011.. What a wonderful day!
I had a long informal chat with Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis today, ranging from his experiences as a Professor of Fine Arts in Athens, to his creation of this monumental sculptural piece, "The Runners" for Chicago. A very informal chat indeed! He talked about his sight-seeing in Chicago which included his visits to the Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, and seeing other sculptural installations in Chicago. He loved Agora and the Bean! A few names he mentioned very prominently were of Alexander Calder, Anish Kapoor and Magdalena Abakanowicz. It was nice to know the views of a renowned sculptor, not from Chicago, and not even from the US. And when I said I love "public" sculptures because it is out in the open, braving the weather and available for everyone to enjoy, he clapped his hands! I heard him utter something in Greek, I guess it was YES!

He talked very fondly about his own Museum, The Theodoros Papagiannis Museum of Contemporary Art, click here.. at Elliniko, Ioannina, Greece.

After a long chat, it was time to see "The Runners". The beautiful and ever-gracious Mrs. Chrisoula Kozonis drove us to the O'Hare Airport, where the sculpture has now been installed. Prof. Papagiannis' wife Sini and son Nicholas joined us.

Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis, his wife Mrs. Sini Papagiannis and son Nicholas Papagiannis..



Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis, his wife Mrs. Sini Papagiannis and son Nicholas Papagiannis, with "The Runners"..

I know the groundcover around the installation is Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'..


RELATED LINKS..
# The Runners: Fundraising at Rosewood Banquets..
# The Runners by Theodoros Papagiannis [Installation: A Pictorial Documentation]..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Attention to details]..
# The Windy City will soon have a new symbol, "The Runners", by Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Finishing touches at Duroweld Co. Inc.]...
# International Sculpture Program of Chicago Gateway Green Project..

The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Fundraising at the Rosewood Banquets]


Professor Theodoros Papagiannis, sculptor of "The Runners" with Mr. Demetrios Kozonis, Chairman of Athens Committee [Chicago Sister Cities International]

"The Runners" is almost complete. It's a gift to the City of Chicago by the Chicago–Athens Sister City Committee, in collaboration with the City of Chicago and Gateway Green Organization. This Friday, April 29, a fundraising event was organized by the Chicago–Athens Sister City Committee at Rosewood Banquests, and the event was, as expected, very successful!! Very well organized, beautifully executed and Yes, lots of fund-raising indeed! Here are some images from the day!

Father Nick Nikokavouras and Archbishop Demetrios of Mokissos..

Everyone stood up for the Invocation..

Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis with his wife Mrs. Sini Papagiannis and son Nicholas Papagiannis.

Mr. Tom Diamond [Greek American Restaurant Association], Mr. Leroy Allala, [Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International Program], Mr. Demetrios Kozonis [Chairman of the Athens Committee], Mr. Chris Tomaras, Mr. Angelo Loukas, Mr. Ted Spyropoulos..

Mr. Thanasi Economou, Ms. Ioanna Efthimiadou, the Honorable Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis, Mr. Demetrios Kozonis

Mr. Chris Gent [Program Manager for the Department of Public Art], Mr. Emad Murrar, Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis, Mr. Leroy Allala, Maria Rodriguez, [Chicago Sister Cities International Program]..

The Greek–American journalist, Sotiris Rekoumis with his wife Mrs. Paula Rekoumis. Mr. Rekoumis chaired the event.

Vickie Kozonis and Maria Kozonis..

Mr. Demetrios Kozonis, Vickie Kozonis, Maria Kozonis, Mrs. Chrisoula Kozonis, Mrs Sini Papagiannis, Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis, Georgia Kozonis, Loukas Kozonis, Nicholas Papagiannis.

Rosewood Banquets.. and my seat is the empty chair in the image below..


RELATED LINKS..
# The Runners by Theodoros Papagiannis [Installation: A Pictorial Documentation]..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Attention to details]..
# The Windy City will soon have a new symbol, "The Runners", by Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Finishing touches at Duroweld Co. Inc.]...
# International Sculpture Program of Chicago Gateway Green Project..