Monday, August 26, 2013

Cultural Earth




Cultural Earth, 2002
Peter Lindsay Schaudt
Soldier Field Children’s Garden, northeast of Soldier Field
1410 S Museum Campus Drive

     When Soldier Field was rehabilitated, landscape architect Peter Lindsay Schaudt was brought in to enhance Chicago's lakefront green spaces surrounding the football stadium. One portion of the $681 million Burnham Park project includes a children’s garden that relates to the three nearby museums: Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium.
     A giant Styrofoam ball was encased in concrete and is covered with 100 historic, scientific and archeological symbols, including Aztec and Egyptian symbols as well as seahorses, woolly mammoth and the Milky Way. Although the piece is larger than an adult, it has a child-sized tunnel. The work sits on a path which is laid out like a nautilus and leads to other playground equipment such as the spider web-like jungle gym. From the pathway, it is possible to see Cultural Earth line up with the Adler Planetarium. Schaudt admitted during an interview with the Chicago Tribune that it was a "wonderful surprise" that he realized only after the park was nearly complete.

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