Bibliographic Details

Millennium Park : creating a Chicago landmark / Timothy J. Gilfoyle ; in association with the Chicago History Museum.

Author / Creator Gilfoyle, Timothy J.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Description xiv, 442 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Language English
Series Historical studies of urban America
Historical studies of urban America.
Subject Millennium Park Project.
Millennium Park Project.
Millennium Park (Chicago, Ill.) -- History.
Chicago (Ill.) -- History.
Illinois -- Chicago.
Illinois -- Chicago -- Millennium Park.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
Local Note University of Chicago Library's copy 5 has original dust jacket.
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Other authors / contributors Chicago History Museum.
ISBN 0226293491 (cloth : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-428) and index.
Summary At its opening on July 16, Chicago's Millennium Park was hailed as one of the most important millennium projects in the world. Timothy Gilfoyle offers a biography of this phenomenal undertaking, beginning before 1850 when the site of the park, the 'city's front yard' was part of Lake Michigan.
Review by Choice Review

Gilfoyle's informative, beautifully illustrated book traces the planning and development of Chicago's Millennium Park, located in the northwest corner of the city's historic Grant Park, fronting on Michigan Avenue. Developed from 1997 to 2004, the park includes important works of civic sculpture, such as Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor; the Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the Lurie Garden by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. with Piet Oudolf; and a band shell by architect Frank Gehry. The park is a collaborative public and private venture; Chicago paid for infrastructure while private donations from wealthy Chicago families paid for individual works of art and architecture. Gilfoyle (Loyola Univ. Chicago), an urban historian, focuses as much on park patronage, politics, and cultural context as on the formal qualities of its art and architecture. Especially intriguing are his discussions about roles of individual patrons in not only funding projects but also choosing artists and architects to carry them out. Each chapter provides thorough discussion of behind-the-scenes events as well as public involvement. Gilfoyle consistently analyzes how closely individual works of art followed or did not follow the park's initial master plan (by Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill). ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. J. W. Stamper University of Notre Dame

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