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Face To Face - Crown Fountain Chicago
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© Christine Till
Crown Fountain is another delightfully strange addition to Chicago's public art stage. The $17 million sculpture, the brainchild of Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, fuses the latest technology with the traditional concept of a public fountain.
In this piece, human participation completes the scene. Water flowing over two, 50-ft.-tall, light-emitting diode (LED) screens at each end - which are encased in a wall of glass blocks - cascades into the 232-ft.-long, 48-ft.-wide, black-granite pool. Stepping into the dark, 1⁄8-in.-deep pool creates the illusion that its participants are walking on water.
The faces of 1,000 Chicagoans are projected on giant screens one at a time. At the end of each person's display, they purse their lips and water shoots out of their mouths.
Who are these everyday Chicagoans whose glowing, 50-foot-tall faces peer out from the Crown Fountain's twin steel and glass towers, slowly blinking and smiling at the city like benevolent giants?
December 4th, 2012
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