Louis Sullivan Gateway Arch, Chicago IL


For the opening of the Modern Wing, Tom Wolfe, Horticulturalist at The Art Institute for 31 years asked Roy to design a planting. Wolfe asked that the garden carry the emotions of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park just across Monroe Ave. Inspired a by a painting by Pierre Bonnard called ‘Earthly Paradise’, Roy developed a plant palette using tones from the  painting. There was a dynamic between the percentage of color as it mixed with shades of green. This provided a starting point for the garden design.  Roy used short, textural mixed grasses as the matrix, blended in repeating plant patterns and brief structural plant groups that added focal points to the flow of the planting.

This Garden won the Mayor’s award in 2010