Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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68 Landscape Architect and Specifier News LaSalle II (Continued from page 66) Top & Bottom, Left OpenLands and Christy Webber Landscapes collaborated to create the outdoor classroom and native and edible plant gardens. About 600 students came out to help plant and mulch the gardens. The "We Are All Light" mural (right and in the photo below) incorporates the five languages taught at the school, and elements of their cultures and sports. The mural was designed and installed by Julia Sowles-Barlow and Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves Ruiz, artists from the Chicago Public Art Group. Over 500 students from kindergarten through 8th grade made ceramic tiles for the mural. Bottom, Right The windmill climber features the Don Quixote quote: "… translation from one language to another … is like looking at Flemish tapestries from the wrong side, for although the figures are visible, they are covered by threads that obscure them, and cannot be seen with the smoothness and color of the right side." The play structure has monkey bars and bridges that connect the three towers. The green rubber mounds have inspired the kids to play a game that involves trying to step from mound to mound from one end of the playground to the other without stepping in the "water," i.e., on the blue rubber surfacing. Team List: Lead, landscape architect - playground: site design group, ltd. Civil engineer: Gloger Engineers, Ltd. Electrical engineer: Advance Consulting Group Contractor: Reliable & Associates Construction Co. Lead - outdoor classroom and edible garden: OpenLands Landscape architect - outdoor classroom and edible garden: Christy Webber Landscapes Mural: Chicago Public Art Group Mesoamerican, Arabic, Chinese, and French cultures were used with images of modern day children playing. Words in various languages float throughout the mural, translating to: "Teamwork," "Goals," "Respect," "Connect" and "Cultures." In spite of its expansive diversity, the mural is able to establish a conversation within itself that transmits to the viewer its message: that we all are light. Over 500 students, kindergarten through 8th grade, made either a circle or star ceramic figure to be included in the mural.

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