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To honor donors for their investment into the renovation of Maggie Daley Park, the Chicago Park District commissioned a permanent donor installation to be displayed inside the public fieldhouse.The design team was inspired to create a playful and engaging installation to reflect the essence of leisure the park provides.
The park topography is abstracted into a birch plywood surface, creating a backdrop for donor names that are represented with a blocky utilitarian typeface. Both elements are a visual extension of the architectural and landscape elements found throughout the park, which mix an urban-sport aesthetic with the roughness of nature.
Materials mimic the seasonal changes of the city and their effect on the programmatic elements within the park. White frosted letters simulate the ice of the park skating rink and juxtapose the layered birch plywood backdrop, which pays homage to the robust vegetation of the open lawn areas used heavily in the warmer months.
The donor recognition installation becomes an extension of Maggie Daley Park itself, engaging the visitor experience within an interior space. Upon completion, both the client and landscape architectural team praised the project for its innovative execution and contextual design. This success led to the design team being commissioned to create an expanded signage system, throughout the park, recognizing additional donors.