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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
WTTW | Chicago Tonight | January 13, 2016
Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the Sunken Garden in Jackson Park?

Geoffrey Baer answers his viewer's question about the Osaka Garden, which stands on Wooded Island in Jackson Park. Our viewer said she doesn’t remember Osaka Garden being there in the ‘50s, and she’s right – it wasn’t. But its history actually dates back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. Wooded Island was the site of the Japanese Pavilion at the Exposition. In 1934, the Chicago Park District restored the pavilion and spruced up the island with among other things, a Japanese garden. After Pearl Harbor, the garden was vandalized and the pavilion burned down in 1946 (so the garden was indeed gone in the 1950s.) Flash forward to 1981, the garden was replanted and rededicated after Chicago and Osaka became sister cities. It was renamed Garden of the Phoenix in 2013.
 
In June, Yoko Ono announced that she is creating a permanent art installation on the long-vacant site of the burned Japanese Pavilion, called Sky Landing. She sees it as a way of healing what she considers a place of great significance. It will consist of a low hill, a sculpture, and a site for meditation, and is set to open in June of 2016.

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