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b_400_400_16777215_00_images_archart_200806Platinum_200806VanSweden_1.jpgIn December 2004, WaterShapes introduced ‘The Platinum Standard,’ a registry of projects that embodies watershaping at its finest.  Now, as part of our celebration of the magazine’s 100th Issue, Eric Herman offers ‘The Platinum Standard II,’ a fresh set of 20 projects that have graced the pages of the magazine in the past three-and-a-half years – projects that demonstrate clearly that watershaping has become an art form in its own right.

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James van Sweden
Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects
Washington, D.C.

 

 

The Chicago Botanic Garden plays host to thousands of visitors each year, so there was a fair amount of pressure on the artists at Oehme van Sweden to reach beyond the ordinary in revamping the storied landmark’s Grand Basin. 

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The result is a composition of incredible beauty – one marked by amazing edge treatments, plant arrays inspired by the grandeur of the American prairie and a network of pathways, garden walks, bridges and islands that control access to inspiring viewpoints.

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