Soil Lab

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Neighborhood: North Lawndale

Site Address: 1310 S. Pulaski Road

Hours to Visit: Daily between 11am - 4pm

Projects by: Soil Lab

About the Soil Lab Site:

The Soil Lab project is located on a city-owned vacant lot on South Pulaski Road near 13th Street. The site was identified by CAB Artistic Director David Brown for an open call hosted with the Danish Arts Foundation in 2020. Soil Lab is built on the remaining foundation of a former building and sits amongst six other vacant lots. The site is located between two other Biennial partner sites, the CCA Academy PermaPark and a site being developed by the Young Men’s Employment Network (YMEN) and Working Bikes.

About the Danish Arts Foundation:

The Danish Arts Foundation is Denmark’s largest arts foundation, whose mission centers on bringing the arts to a wide audience all over Denmark, to promote Danish art internationally, and to pave the way for talented artists. The foundation supports creative thinking and innovative ideas by funding more than 6,000 artists and art projects every year.

The 2021 major commission is the second time the DAF has invited Danish creatives, and creatives with close ties to the Danish architecture and design field, to propose a site-specific project for Chicago. During the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Cabbage Patch—an installation of 10,000 cabbages developed by Danish artist duo Gamborg/Magnussen—was sited at the Garfield Park Conservatory. 

Upcoming/Current Events

Youth Program

Neighborhood Ceramics with JoVonna Jackson, Artist in Residence at Homan Square with Chicago Architecture Biennial

02 Oct–03 Oct, 2021
Sat9:00am - 12:00pm
Sun11:00am - 4:00pm

JoVonna Jackson, Artist in Residence at Homan Square with Chicago Architecture Biennial, will be hosting two ceramic workshops open to North Lawndale residents to make bowls and birdhouses while she works with Soil Lab’s outdoor kiln.

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Partner Site Programs

The Full Circle with Sonja Henderson and Piloto Nieves, Artists in Residence at SAIC@Homan Square with Chicago Architecture Biennial

25 Sep–26 Sep, 2021
Sat - Sun1:00 - 4:00pm

The Full Circle is a free weekend workshop series to connect to the Lawndale neighborhood while learning clay sculpture techniques and using an outdoor kiln. The Full Circle participants will make simple forms of harmony with the landscape.

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Past Events

Soil Lab Opening Celebration

18 Sep, 2021
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Site Activations

Rammed Earth Workshop

16 Aug–03 Sep, 2021
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Site Activations