Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cloud Gate

In our travels, we've come across a lot of public art. One of my absolute favorites is big and shiny and is located in Millennium Park in Chicago.

The Cloud Gate was designed by Anish Kapoor and is the centerpiece of Millennium Park, located in the Loop community area of the Windy City. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its bean-like shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It is 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (100 t; 98 long tons).

I loved how the silver skin of the piece reflected the city's skyline.  And I also became obsessed with capturing our reflection in the Bean.  I've spared you the multiple photographs we took and just will include one of us sitting underneath the Bean.  Disclaimer: the luggage in the photo below is NOT ours! 

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