- Exhibitions & Events
This garden supports deep hands on engagement with the process of fiber production as well contemporary ideas in interdisciplinary practice relative to science and the environment. Programmed by Interdisciplinary Arts Department students, faculty and staff, the Papermaker's Garden is also a space for collaborative, cross-disciplinary educational opportunities and site specific art projects.
Located in the heart of the Columbia College South Loop campus, the Papermaker's Garden contributes to both Columbia College Chicago’s green initiative, academic curriculum and engagement with the South Loop neighborhood.
This urban garden will reduce air pollution (because plants filter the air by using excess carbon dioxide to make oxygen), cool the air through evapotranspiration thus cutting energy use, reduce urban runoff, and give students access to natural, sustainably grown fibers for papermaking as well as a chance to interact with the natural world. The garden will also engage the community as hub for public art, featuring outdoor sculptures, images, and performances.
The Papermaker's Garden is in phase 2 of design and construction. We expect to be fully operational by Summer, 2013. Contact April Sheridan (asheridan (at) colum (dot) edu for more information.
Wabash Avenue at 8th Street
The Papermaker's Garden is supported by the Office of Campus Environment and the Interdisciplinary Arts Department.