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Chicago's Crown Fountain At Night
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© Christine Till
As the centerpiece of Chicago's Millennium Park, the Crown Fountain is rumored to be one of the most expensive pieces of public art ever undertaken. Designed by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain is a gift to the city from the Crown and Goodman families of Chicago.
The fountain consists of two 50-foot-high clear glass-brick towers facing each other across a shallow 232-foot-long reflecting pool. On three sides, the towers glow from within thanks to color-changing LED lighting fixtures - approximately 70 units per tower, while the fourth sides feature LED display screens that feature the expressive close-up faces of almost 1,000 Chicagoans. Each face is shown for about five minutes ending when the subject purses its lips at which point water spouts from their mouths. The Chicagoans whose faces were captured include people of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens. They were filmed with an expensive high-definition camera - used in the Star Wars movies - and were asked to make facial expressions. They were also told to pretend they were blowing out a candle. This actions is now synchronised with the water spouting fountain.
Of course, this wouldn't be called a fountain if there wasn't any water involved. Besides the water spouting digital faces, cascades of water fall down the sides of the towers, creating a water curtain in front of the glass walls.
November 18th, 2012
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