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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Chicago Botanical Garden in 1988

Like many of you I've been eagerly enjoying the tweets and posts and photos from the bloggers who are meeting in Chicago this weekend.

Mr McGregor's Daughter has
posted a photo of the wonderful Carolus Linnaeus statue as it looked for the Chicago Spring Fling participants yesterday. The statue seems to be unchanged but apparently a vegetative barrier keeps the public away from the sculpture. On the chance that someone might be interested, I hunted down an old photo.

Carolus Linnaeus Statue, Chicago Botanical Gardens, 1988

The set-up was a little different 21 years ago in 1988 when this picture was taken. Everyone had their photo taken with Linnaeus, sort of like every kid in Chicago having a picture taken sitting on one of the stone lions at Brookfield Zoo. The protection seems like a sensible decision. The Linnaeus statue is composed of many individual representations of plants and animals, very unlike the smooth lions.

Here in Austin's Zilker Park several large gates are decorated with representations of the plants and creatures found in Central Texas.

Thanks for the photos and notes, Chicago Flingers


Carol said...

Yes, the statue seems to be much changed. They have a barrier that prevents you from climbing up near Linneaus. Thanks for sharing this earlier picture with us!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh wow... was it newly planted (the garden around Linnaeus) back then, Annie? Such a huge difference between this photo and the one on MMGD's blog from this weekend--thanks for posting it!

Annie in Austin said...

The website for artist Robert Berks dates the Carolus Linnaeus statue as 1982 - there's a little video on the Linnaeus page.

Think we first saw it around 1984? Remember walking right up to see the amazing detail - also think Philo had a kid in a back carrier.

Maybe the purpose of the barrier isn't so much for the protection of the bronze statue as to avoid people getting themselves hurt?

Glad you enjoyed the photo!