Screening: Jens Jensen - The Living Green

June 19, 2014 | 6pm

Please join us for a celebration of the urban conservation movement Thursday, June 19 with the free Millennium Park premiere of “Jens Jensen The Living Green” on the Screen at Pritzker Pavilion. The documentary traces the inspirational story of a pioneering landscape architect (described as “Poet of the Prairie, Maker of Public Parks and Prophet of Conservation”) who came to Chicago in the 1880s and became a champion of the environment. As timeless and relevant a story today as it was then, Jensen (1860-1951) fell in love with the peaceful, wild prairies located just west of the bustling metropolis. The prairie became his inspiration, as this conservation hero fought to infuse the calming beauty of nature into the industrial urban squalor.

Jensen’s vision of a sustainable city was in his time revolutionary, as he transformed the lives of Midwesterners with prairie-style parks and community gardens – urban oases that fed the soul and body. In a legendary career that combined art, architecture and activism, Jensen helped save the Indiana Dunes and created unforgettable, natural public spaces for Chicago’s west side, including Humboldt, Douglas and Columbus parks, as well as the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Visit the film’s Facebook page and Tweet @JensJensenMovie to join the conversation. A tweetup from the Millennium Park event will begin June 19 at 7 p.m. No tickets are required and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Grab a few friends and join this celebration of sustainability in Chicago!

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