Wednesday, April 16, 2008

"The Bean", Chicago

We visited Millennium Park in Chicago to see Anish Kapoor's incredible 110 ton stainless steel sculpture called Cloud Gate. This huge reflective art piece, inspired by a drop of mercury, has been nicknamed "The Bean".

My friend Jean Boyd took these photos because I forgot my camera! Looking into the sculpture is like being inside an interactive landscape painting. The sky, the city architecture and the viewer are one image that changes with the viewer's movement.

Public sculptural installations often cause a great deal of controversy and conflict. However I strongly believe that it is the mark of a great city when visionary politicians overcome their usual planning for the next 10 minutes to commit to a project of this size (literally and financially). Congratulations Chicago!

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