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Cloud Gate Chicago - The Bean
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The Cloud Gate, called "The Bean" by Chicagoans, is one of the most unique and interesting sculptures in decades graces the promenade at Chicago's Millennium Park. It reflects the splendor that is the Chicago skyline. When the sculpture was unveiled in July of 2004, it was derided by some as unimaginative. Some branded it "The Electric Kidney Bean." That "bean" nickname stuck, and the public quickly changed its meaning from pejorative to loving.
It plays tricks with the light and the sky. It is massive, giving it weight and importance. It is elegant - balanced on its ends and without any color of its own. And finally, it is interactive, and lets the viewer become part of the art or stand back and let the simple act of walking, turning, or even just swaying change the visual presented by the sculpture.
Chicago's Cloud Gate is no ordinary mirror. To some it looks like a rift in the very fabric of space and time, and its combination of simplicity and elegance have allowed it to be embraced as a quirky mascot. A walk under its nine-foot-tall arch can be a mind-bending experience.
November 29th, 2012
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