Art Institute of Chicago – North Garden

Designers: Laurie Olin | City: Chicago, IL | Project Type: sculpture garden
Date Visited: 10.24.12

Location: E Jackson Dr. and S. Michigan Ave. Chicago IL
Official Opening Date: 1980s

Across the way from Dan Kiley’s South Garden lies the work of another famous landscape architect: Laurie Olin’s North Garden. Though Olin pays homage to Kiley’s original design by incorporating orange gravel, vinca, and canopy trees, these two gardens are very structurally different from one another.

As an open-air sculpture garden, one of the most striking differences is the amount of colorful and brightness in Olin’s design. Deliberately asymmetrical, the North Garden represents the newer, more modern era. The most eye-catching sculpture in the garden is Alexander Calder’s bright red Flying Dragon.

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