Monday, July 29, 2013
In downtown Chicago there is a fairly new park called Millennium Park. When I worked in Chicago back in the late 90's and early 2000, my contract ended before this park was complete. It wasn't until I went back a few years later that I got to see all the wonderful things this park holds.
The above is a sculpture by Indian-born, British artist Anish Kapoor titled "Cloud Gate" but locals loving call it "The Bean". It's made of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. The surface is highly polished exposing no seams. It's quite large measuring 33 X 66 X 42 feet (10 X 20 X 13 meters) and weighs 110 ton. The artist state that it was inspired by drops of mercury.
It reflects and distorts the Chicago skyline as well as all the people who gather around to photograph it.
The underside was most interesting, reflecting multiple distorted scenes. Sometime when I go back for another visit, I'm going to photograph it at night.