Opening Wednesday, July 19th, from 6PM - 9PM
The Humboldt Park Formal Garden was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860-1951) in 1908. Jensen was one of America’s most influential landscape architects, best known for his role in developing the Prairie Style of Landscape design. The garden was conceived of as a space for members of the Humboldt Park community to gather and enjoy the outdoors.
As part of efforts to revitalize the Jens Jensen Formal Garden and in celebration of the citywide Year of Public Art, the Chicago Park District in partnership with Fieldwork and the Jensen Formal Garden Working Group has selected four Chicago artists to create site-specific, temporary public art installations for the garden. The final installations are visually and conceptually linked to the history and design of the garden and to the work of Jens Jensen.
The installation pays homage to Jensen’s 1908 Outdoor Art Exhibit during which the Formal Garden was a designated site. A Chicago Tribune article from September 10, 1908 stated: “The Chief object of the ‘experiment’ is to impress upon Chicagoans how much can be added to a garden or a piece of woods by appropriate sculpture, how each sets off the beauty of the other.”
Works by: Vivian Visser, Andrea Jablonski & Laura Miracle, Jorge Felix, Lauren Chipeur, and April Martin & Zoë Wonfor