Tuesday, May 19, 2009

WORDS about Wordless Wednesday....♥

Cloud Gate...downtown Chicago....

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor. It is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, and is located on top of Park Grill and adjacent to the Chase Promenade. The sculpture was constructed between 2004 and 2006 and was temporarily unveiled in the summer of 2004. Nicknamed "The Bean" because of its legume-like shape, its exterior consists of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates. It is 33 feet by 66 feet by 42 feet (10 m × 20 m × 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (99.8 t; 98.2 long tons). The sculpture and the plaza are sometimes referred to jointly as "Cloud Gate on the AT&T Plaza" or "Cloud Gate on AT&T Plaza".

Cloud Gate has become a very popular sculpture that is known worldwide. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture's exterior reflects and transforms the city's skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's arch, which is 12 feet (3.7 m) high. On the underside of the sculpture is the omphalos, a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor's artistic themes, although many tourists simply view the sculpture and its unique reflective properties as a photo-taking opportunity.

The sculpture was the result of a design competition. After being chosen, numerous technological concerns regarding the design's construction and assembly arose, in addition to concerns regarding the sculpture's upkeep and maintenance. Various experts were consulted, some of whom believed the design could not be implemented. Eventually, a feasible method was found, but the sculpture fell behind schedule. It was unveiled in an incomplete form during the Millennium Park grand opening celebration before being concealed for completion.

explaination and pictures



Cloud Gate
From the west (left) and east (right), the skyscrapers to the north along East Randolph Street (The Heritage, Smurfit-Stone Building, Two Prudential Plaza, One Prudential Plaza, and Aon Center) are reflected on Cloud Gate's surface. Additional Historic Michigan Boulevard District buildings reflect off the west side.
Artist Anish Kapoor
Year 2004–2006
Type Stainless steel
Height: 33 feet (10 m)
Length: 66 feet (20 m)
Width: 42 feet (13 m)
Displayed Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Annette Lyon said...

I'd never even heard of that--way cool!

Mama Zen said...

That is just wild!

Heatherlyn said...

It looked like Chicago! I love that a few people can make a living and a legacy for themselves creating sculptures that are totally way out there. And very cool. They add flavor to life!

"The Booga Wooga" said...

Hi Stacie,

Grammy wanted me to tell you that she is so sorry that we missed out on this today. We didn't see your comment about it until late in the day.

Shadow said...

nope, never would've guessed. that's a very arty looking building...

Shawn said...

It is really neat! I love Chicago---and see that I am going to have to go visit there again to see this!

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Jillene said...

I have never heard of or seen that. It's very cool!! Sorry that I didn't play along but I didn't get on blogger at all on Thurs., Fri., Sat., or Sun. I just got your comment today.

CaJoh said...

Ahh, the bean…

I always like standing in the middle with your back to the wall and bending back to see your backside.

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