The Grant Park Conservancy and Advisory Council have formed a Creative Committee to add more public art to Grant Park and make it more engaging. We believe that art, trees and green space are essential to creating relaxing, engaging, and healthy urban living. Trees and art reduce stress and cardiovascular disease and have many profound effects on the quality of urban life. The Grant Park Conservancy and Advisory Council brought the large, Urban Buddha to the Grant Park Skate Park and the large, solid, concrete skateable ping pong table. We have also worked with the Chicago Park District on the "Borders" installation of 26 human-form metal sculptures at Solti Garden and we moved the Sir Georg Solti bust from Lincoln Park to Solti Garden working with the Chicago Symphony. Sir Georg Solti is the top Grammy Award winner in history. We were able to create the garden with the Chicago Park District and Lollapalooza agreed to fund the garden. We have also worked with the Chicago Park District on the, "Artists Monument" and Wendell Castle's arches at Solti Garden.
We are now looking at activating the Van Buren pedestrian/bike bridge and creatively bridging Michigan Avenue to the Lincoln Monument, Grant Park organic vegetable garden and Buckingham Fountain in an enticing and attractive way that gets more people walking and biking. We will be releasing images and ideas soon. It is our plan to connect the bridge literally and figuratively to Pullman which is now part of the National Park Service and a National Monument. The railroad running through Grant Park goes right to Pullman and there is a Metra Station at Van Buren in Grant Park.
More to come.