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South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 September 2014 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This intimately scaled garden, built atop a parking garage on the south side of the Art Institute of Chicago, opens onto Michigan Avenue. Designed and constructed between 1962 and 1967, the garden is one of Dan Kiley’s best preserved commissions from the period.

The design is simple in composition and material. Moving inward from Michigan Avenue, two generous raised beds are planted with three staggered rows of honey locust trees that shade privet, ground cover, and flowering bulbs. The central plaza space is recessed 18” and is bisected by a rectangular pool that terminates at the Fountain of the Great Lakes, a sculptural fountain by Lorado Taft created in 1913. On either side of the pool raised planters containing a gridded bosque of cockspur hawthorn trees provide places to sit, as pictured here. Each planter is sited 20 feet on center and is under-planted with ground cover and herbaceous plants for color in the summer months. The low branching of the trees creates a canopy of shade over the entire plaza. Along the rear of the space, honey locust trees and flowering shrubs frame the Taft fountain.

Photo captured September 13, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 400 63 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

26 Sep 2014 6:44am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very nice place, well captured!

26 Sep 2014 8:25am

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

so cool shot :)

26 Sep 2014 9:10am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Another work with superb light and shadows.:-)

26 Sep 2014 10:43am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Very nice indeed geometries ground !!

26 Sep 2014 12:26pm

farideh from rasht, Iran

Really nice.

26 Sep 2014 12:59pm

Marc from Granby, Canada

Very Nice garden like the géométrie.Bonne journée .

26 Sep 2014 1:47pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel jeu de pierre et végétation et le lierre sur ces troncs superbe.

26 Sep 2014 1:53pm

Malaura from France

Un superbe effet que tu as réussi à donner avec ces arbres Steven ! Amitiés.

26 Sep 2014 2:18pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Original arrangement.

26 Sep 2014 2:27pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It's an amazing location for this beautiful garden. I like all the stone work and the size and look of the trees.

26 Sep 2014 3:15pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Lots of TLC evident here ... a great shot!

26 Sep 2014 3:24pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Wonderful light and shadows !
So beautiful garden.

26 Sep 2014 3:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Again the light is magnificent - gorgeous image

26 Sep 2014 5:19pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The tight framing has resulted in a splendid composition. Great work.

26 Sep 2014 7:00pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Isn't this remarkable? Love the geometry holding trees up like this.

26 Sep 2014 10:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful garden captured perfectly.

27 Sep 2014 5:29am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


27 Sep 2014 8:56am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

a very beautiful composition !

27 Sep 2014 12:44pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A wonderful place beautifully captured ... light is absolutely gorgeous !!!

27 Sep 2014 11:20pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow ... beautiful spot! Great capture!

27 Sep 2014 11:25pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A dream-like hidden garden and lovely light you capture here.

29 Sep 2014 10:38am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

What a lovely and soothing place.

29 Sep 2014 10:54am

franz from Baden, Austria

fascinating photo of this impressive place! i like these oases in the middle of the city ...

30 Sep 2014 7:26pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

You composition featuring the corners and diagonals adds a lot of interest.

1 Oct 2014 12:18am