Saturday, March 28, 2009

Burnham Park: Soldier Field Children's Garden


Soldier Field Children's Garden
Installed: 2002
Landscape Architect: Lindsay Schaudt
Location: Northeast of Soldier Field, South of McFetridge Drive

The play structures were named ... Culture Earth, The Earth's Moon, Geography Earth, Water Earth, Climbing Earth and Rock Earth ...

From the Chicago Park Distrct website .. click here..
As part of a major addition and rehabilitation to Soldier Field in 2002, landscape architect Peter Lindsay Schaudt redesigned the parkland around the historic stadium. The project included the creation of a new children’s garden that relates to the three museums nearby—the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. Throughout the play space, various features evoke the themes of each museum. Large sculptural spheres representing the Earth can be climbed on or through. A path spirals around like a nautilus. There is a spider web-like jungle gym. Children who explore carefully will also find other subtle imagery such as seahorses and the Milky Way.
Culture Earth
Culture Earth detail..

Culture Earth and Earth's Moon
Geography Earth
Water Earth
Climbing Earth

Climbing Earth..

Rock Earth

For more on Grant Park ..
# Public Art in the Grant Park .. click here ....
# Gardens in the Grant Park .. click here ..
# Often overlooked but remarkable features like pedestrian crossings, the railway lines underneath, the street lamp posts, balustrade, corbels, the Y-symbols .. click here ..
# For a brief history of Grant Park .. click here ..

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