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Yoko Ono's 'Skylanding' installation inspires cutting-edge Chicago jazz

Yoko Ono's 'Skylanding' installation inspires cutting-edge Chicago jazz

October 12, 2016

In the News

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - SKYLANDING, the Music of Yoko Ono, performed by the Miyumi Project. A new CD to accompany Ono's SKYLANDING installation in the Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park, Chicago - stay tuned at skylanding.com, where the music will begin streaming on October 17.

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Yoko Ono on Chicago, her life, and her art

Yoko Ono on Chicago, her life, and her art

July 27, 2016

In the News

Project 120 is delighted to let you know that a major interview with Yoko Ono is now available digitally and will be featured in the August 7th Chicago Tribune Magazine. The interview talks about her connection to Chicago, her life and art.

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The Wooded Island, a Place for Peace

The Wooded Island, a Place for Peace

July 06, 2016

In the News

We now have the opportunity to reestablish this site, and recognize it as one of the most important sites reflecting U.S.-Japan relations for over 120 years.  Yoko Ono recognized this when she first visited the original site of the Ho-o-den in 2013. For her, this site has a unique and extraordinary past and future as symbol of peace. Not just between the U.S. and Japan, but among all people and all nations. In fact, we can all use more peace, not just internationally, but locally on our streets and in our parks. She has given us an opportunity to learn about our past and create the future together.  It is our responsibility to use it.

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Jackson Park: Sacred Cows and Holy Beavers

June 15, 2016

In the News

"Project 120 has engaged the nation’s foremost expert on Frederick Law Olmsted, Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes, LLC, for advice about park design. Working for GLFER is the outstanding young CPD ecologist, Lauren Umek, who analyzes and suggests the very best ecological practices for management of the special treasure that is Jackson Park. We are so lucky." - Frances Vandervoort, Jackson Park Advisory Council and Washington Park Conservancy

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SKYLANDING by Yoko Ono coming to Jackson Park, Chicago in Fall 2016

SKYLANDING by Yoko Ono coming to Jackson Park, Chicago in Fall 2016

June 12, 2016

Project Updates

JACKSON PARK, CHICAGO, Coming Fall 2016 - SKY LANDING, the First Permanent Public Art Installation by Yoko Ono in the Americas, Representing a Lifelong Mission for Peace.

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Phase 2 – 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

May 15, 2016

South Parks History

Olmsted helped select the location of the fairgrounds, stressing that views of Lake Michigan should provide the backdrop for the fair and noting the unfinished state of Jackson Park. Rising from the ashes of the 1871 Great Fire, he recommended holding the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 there.

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Why Cherry Blossom Trees in Jackson Park?

Why Cherry Blossom Trees in Jackson Park?

April 21, 2016

South Parks History

Over 120 cherry blossom trees were planted to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the gift of the Phoenix Pavilion, and renew Chicago's commitment made to Japan in 1893 and again in 1935 to preserve the site as a place for visitors to learn about Japan and experience and explore Japanese culture. 

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1893 Dedication of the Phoenix Pavilion on the Wooded Island

1893 Dedication of the Phoenix Pavilion on the Wooded Island

March 31, 2016

South Parks History

On March 31, 1893, Japanese and Americans gathered together in the heartland of America, on the Wooded Island in Chicago, to prepare for the opening of the World’s Columbian Exposition. They gathered to celebrate the arrival of a Phoenix that would take the form of a pavilion, which they hoped would teach the world about Japan, and, in turn, would lead us to learn about each other and ourselves. For the past 120 years, enduring through the highs and lows in the U.S.-Japan relationship, Chicago has maintained the site of the Phoenix Pavilion on the Wooded Island as a place for Americans to experience Japanese culture.

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Geoffrey Baer answers viewer question about the history of the Japanese garden

Geoffrey Baer answers viewer question about the history of the Japanese garden

January 14, 2016

In the News

The history of the Japanese garden actually dates back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. In 2013, it was renamed Garden of the Phoenix. Next is SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono in 2016.

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Dancer Sono Osato inspires Thodos' new 'Journey'

Dancer Sono Osato inspires Thodos' new 'Journey'

January 06, 2016

In the News

Chicago Tribune reports about the intertwined stories that have coalesced in Thodos' new "Sono's Journey," which will debut at the Auditorium Theater on January 9, 2016, where it all began in 1934 for 96 year-old Sono Osato.

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