Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago

You wouldn't want to go to Chicago and miss seeing this sculpture by Indian born British sculptor Anish Kapoor. When we were there last weekend, we went to Millennium Park where it's located along with some other interesting things to see. The Park was created only a few years ago and is located in the Loop community of Chicago. The artist named his sculpture "Cloud Gate" but people would rather call it "The Bean", making for a not so happy artist.  But it is famous! I'm not going to go into the controversy it created or its detailed construction, both fascinating subjects you can read about online. I will say that it's constructed of 168 stainless steel plates with no seams. I read that liquid mercury was its inspiration. Its smooth surface creates fascinating reflections of the skyline and people, as you can see.  It's an interesting blend of an object with its landscape!