BENEFITING: CHICAGO PARKS FOUNDATION
Help us to "Bridge the Gap"and build a bridge back to Ireland! The Chicago Park District is creating a garden for "Bloom- Ireland's Largest Garden Festival in Dublin, Ireland this coming June. Bord Bia, the Irish Board responsible for Food, Drink and Horticulture is sponsoring the garden- (in theory- for the Irish Bridge) - we want to match the funds for the Chicago / U.S. bridge! Any all donations/sponsors welcome!
Our idea behind the garden is to present an opportunity to think about what brings us together. What brings us together in the literal sense of the Chicago Park District participating in a flower show on the other side of the globe? What brings us together in the sense of community, society, and inhabitants of our great planet? What brings us together in the sense of the Irish community in Chicago? What brings us together from continent to continent, across an ocean and traveling almost four thousand miles?
The concept driving our garden “Bridge the Gap”, is to provide a provocative landscape design situated among living sculptures, telling a story. Our design features two, large living sculptures that can be seen as two separate bridges. One bridge will represent Ireland while the other bridge represents the United States. The two bridges appear to intersect, yet they do not connect, there remains a gap. Using the two viewing sides to observe the structures crossing the garden, patrons will be able to see through the negative space created by the bridges and notice patrons viewing from the other side. Without anticipating a connection, the patrons are now part of the garden and part of the story by bridging the gap.
People make contact and make the connection to “Bridge the Gap.” Help us to match the funds from Ireland by:
Buying a Plank
$100 and up- Family/ Company
$500 and up benefits include: Family/Company name on the wall/garden pagoda
Pillar of Support
$1000 and up- Companies materials in the Garden’s Pagoda, Recorded story of your families’ connection to Ireland. Logo and companies info included at show- 100,000 expected attendance, 300 journalists- prime time coverage on RTE1 Irelands National Broadcasting System.
$10,000 and up- Become a patron of the garden and join a VIP tour of Bloom which may include the President of Ireland, Michael P. Higgins and his wife Sabrina Garden Show:
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event taking place in Phoenix Park Dublin, June 2nd- June 6th with media activities May 31st and June 1st. Bloom 2016 will showcase exquisite show gardens, from the very best of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers as well as Irish food producers. This competitive international garden festival is organized by Bord Bia, the Irish Board responsible for Food, Drink and Horticulture. Sponsorship materials available at www.bloominthepark.com/sponsorship
The Phoenix Park, managed by Office of Public Works (OPW) is 1752 acres and is a historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. Home to the President of Ireland and the US Ambassador to Ireland, it was originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century. www.phoenixpark.ie
Chicago Park District: As one of the largest municipal park managers in the nation, the Chicago Park District owns more than 8,400 acres of green space and a myriad of amenities and facilities for all ages and interests. Nearly 400,000 people are enrolled in thousands of sports, recreational, and cultural and environmental programs. As the winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the Chicago Park District is the first urban park district to receive this award. www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
For more information Contact: Peggy Stewart, Assistant Director, Culture Arts and Nature, Chicago Park District Peggy.Stewart@chicagoparkdistrict.com 773-256-0959