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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Trip to The Clearing

Hey everyone!

Last week my class and I took a trip to the Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. This educational institution and retreat space was started by landscape architect Jens Jenson in 1935. The MLA program has been visiting and working with the clearing for many years. It was truly inspirational to be able to experience the work of such an influential landscape architect.

During our time at the clearing, we had the opportunity to explore the ground and also get some work done on our current studio project. Situated on Lake Michigan, it seemed I always had a view of the water from wherever I was. The huge white cedar trees and the endless moss covering the grounds made it such a picturesque long weekend.
Campfire overlooking the lake

On our first full day there, we did various work projects including creating new paths and patios. My group was tasked with restoring a stone patio that was constructed by Jens Jensen himself. The patio is the only original structure of the main house, due to a fire in the 50's. Since the patio had sunken and become unlevel throughout the years, we releveled it while ensuring that the design and placement of each stone remained intact, keeping Jen's vision alive.

Until next time,
mossy groundcover

finishing touches on the restored patio