Saturday, May 24, 2008

Millennium Park--Chicago, Illinois

The website for Millennium Park describes it this way: "Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers."

One of my favorite things in Millennium Park is the Cloud Gate sculpture, or "The Bean" as some like to call it. It is pretty cool to see the city reflected in it. Another cool thing is the Crown Fountain, "The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out. Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through a water outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents."

There is a lot to see in the park. Check out the Millennium Park website here.

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