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t. joseph surjan

t. joseph surjan

Chicago, IL, US

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The topiary garden is a physical location, but her spirit hovers above the surface of spaceship earth.
The topiary garden is a physical location, but her spirit hovers above the surface of spaceship earth.
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Topiary_Time

After the removal of a historic modern structure, a new topiary garden acts as an open invitation for the public into the deep memory of the city of Chicago.

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Chicago, IL. US
My Role: designer
Additional Credits: S. Hjelte Fumanelli - project architect & digital modeling

 
An arcade protects the topiary garden and simultaneously invites all into her world of deep memory.
An arcade protects the topiary garden and simultaneously invites all into her world of deep memory.
A series of ivy terraces shape the rooftop for the topiary garden...her natatorium is sheltered beneath.
A series of ivy terraces shape the rooftop for the topiary garden...her natatorium is sheltered beneath.
The exterior arcade wall forms the interior cloister of the topiary garden.
The exterior arcade wall forms the interior cloister of the topiary garden.
The topiary garden preserves the historic hospital as ornamental plot...publicly displaying the life-cycle as indispensable ritual.
The topiary garden preserves the historic hospital as ornamental plot...publicly displaying the life-cycle as indispensable ritual.
The powers of the topiary garden are cyclical...
The powers of the topiary garden are cyclical..."first come spring & summer, then comes fall & winter, then comes spring & summer again." - Chance Gardner
The ivy staircase of the topiary garden evokes memories that she would rather had lain dormant.
The ivy staircase of the topiary garden evokes memories that she would rather had lain dormant.
Polar bear club practicing at topiary garden's natatorium for New Year's Day 2013.
Polar bear club practicing at topiary garden's natatorium for New Year's Day 2013.
To celebrate the new year, the topiary garden holds its annual
To celebrate the new year, the topiary garden holds its annual "Vessels of the Lakes" ceremony.
Stone Forest rises above water level once a year for the three day
Stone Forest rises above water level once a year for the three day "Vessels of the Lakes" festival.

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