Part of Millennium Park, in Chicago's historic Grant Park, this rooftop garden is between a bandshell by Frank O. Gehry & Associates and an addition to the Art Institute of Chicago by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Shoulder Hedge, a 15-foot high topiary, encloses the Garden on two sides and creates the illusion of solid “shoulders” supporting the silvery forms of the bandshell beyond. Inside the Hedge, two sculpted garden “Plates” create illusions of scale and horizon and showcase the talent of renowned plantsman, Piet Oudolf. The two Plates render the dramatic transformation of this site, from vast, immersive marsh to controlled rooftop garden.
The Lurie Garden was completed in 2004.