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The Formal Gardens by Jens Jensen were designed to be the "Lungs of the City," where city dwellers could escape and enjoy the outdoors.
The bison leading visitors into the gardens were designed by Edward Kerneys, who is also responsible for the Art Institute lions.
The Statue of Fritz Reuter was built in ode to the German novelist and poet (who lived 1810-1874). It was crafted by Chicagoan Franz Engelsman, and originally cast in Germany. The dedication of this piece came on May 14, 1893, and attracted a crowd of 50,000.
Right from its inception, Humboldt park was a place the public gathered, paid tribute, grew together, and planned for their future.
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