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Neo Terra Sculpture Park: plan

Project Location: Chicago, IL

The process of revealing/recreating communities of diverse life under Chicago’s paved surfaces and layers of infrastructure is an exercise in urban archaeology—one that can honor the past use and history of a site while opening up its full potential. The elevated strip of land between Canal and Stewart, 23rd & 29th streets is now in use as a Union Pacific rail transfer station, but contains a world of possibility beneath the surface. Neo Terra (“new land/surface”) Sculpture Park aims to return the elevated land to the entire community, including wildlife. Through a series of cuts into the surface and openings in the walls, material mysteries buried by years of industrial use will be revealed.