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Cloud Gate - The Bean - Millennium Park Chicago
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The dusty pit that sat for decades amid the beaux-arts splendor of Grant Park, Chicago's front yard, has turned into Millennium Park, a joyful park that's sprinkled with smile - inducing sculpture and mind-bending "WOW-achitecture."
Anish Kapoor's bean-shaped cloud sculpture is Millennium Park's centerpiece. Even before it was given an official title, Chicagoans were quick to dub the reflective steel construction 'The Bean' after its peculiar shape and the name stuck. The official name however is Cloud Gate as it represents a gate to the city it reflects. The sculpture has the appearance of a giant drop of liquid mercury, and the mirrored surface offers an amazing reflection of the city skyline, even more breathtaking on a bright, clear day.
The artist says about his work:
"What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline ... so that one will see the clouds kind of floating in, with those very tall buildings reflected in the work. And then, since it is in the form of a gate, the participant, the viewer, will be able to enter into this very deep chamber that does, in a way, the same thing to one's reflection as the exterior of the piece is doing to the reflection of the city around."
~ Anish Kapoor
October 27th, 2012
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