We walked the city down to the Art Institute of Chicago, along streets lined with numerous beds of recently planted summer bedding - beautiful plants in great variety and all arranged like tiny Chelsea gardens. Opposite the art museum we found a broad sweep of perennials and grasses, just starting to flower. I later found that this was the Lurie Garden, a section of Millennium Park and in part designed by the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. Everywhere containers of plants punctuated the sidewalks or enclosed cafe seating. Chicago Jim has promised to take me pictures later in the season, so we'll see how it all develops.
|Pussy willow stems for height - nice idea.|
|Little traditional cloister garden - very English looking!|
|An inspired touch of red!|
Landscape and art linked hands in many areas, where large pieces of sculpture nested into the landscape. I was particularly interested to see 'The Bean' a large mirrored sculpture by Anish Kapoor. If there are any readers from Nottingham in the UK, you will probably know that there is a small mirrored sculpture by the same artist outside the Playhouse Theatre.
|An outdoor theater - sculptural arhitecture|
|Distorted reflections- Jim, Jim and me behind the iPhone!|