Wisconsin Historical Society Press Releases “Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature”

Wander through the distinctive scenery of revolutionary landscape architect Jens Jensen in the newly released, Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature. His vision sculpted – and preserved – the Midwest region from the West Park System in Chicago to the Sand Dunes in Indiana to Door County’s Clearing.

Jensen (1860-1951) was one of America’s most distinguished landscape architects and a pioneering conservationist. During his long and productive career, this Danish-born visionary worked for and with some of the country’s most prominent citizens and architects, including Henry Ford, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright. In Wisconsin, Jensen is best remembered for establishing The Clearing in Ellison Bay.

Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature presents an anthology of Jensen’s most significant yet lesser-known articles. Jensen’s works, edited by landscape architecture professor William H. Tishler, FASLA, present the architect’s visionary thoughts and further solidify his legacy alongside conservation leaders such as John Muir and Aldo Leopold.

Tishler, a Baileys Harbor native, is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his work has focused on historic preservation, landscape architectural history, vernacular architecture, and preservation issues relating to Upper Midwest cultural landscapes.

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