Friday, April 23, 2010

Chicago Cloud Gate

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, USA is the home of the  sculpture "Cloud Gate" designed the British artist Anish Kapoor. 
This sculpture is huge - 33 feet high and 66 feet long, and weights 110 tons.  The "gate" in the middle is 12 feet high.  The sculpture encourages you to interact with it - and your reflection in it, which includes the Chicago buildings around you in with your reflection.  As you walk through and around it, you wonder how the sculpture was transported and assembled.  There are no visible seams in the highly polished stainless steel plates.  This was the first public installation of Anish Kapoor's outdoor art in the USA. 

I'm sometimes disappointed with modern sculptures, but this artwork appeals to all ages, and I rate it a 5 out of 5 stars.  A cool and fun hi tech sculpture to welcome in this millennium.
This is a view from the North end of Cloud Gate.  

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This is my contribution to the 'meme' Outdoor Wednesday. (I was entry 50)
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Penny said...

Love Chicago! So much to do and see. Great post!

wenn said...

interesting! i saw one almost similar smaller ones in HK airport.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, the reflections are cool. Well done!

cat said...

Wow! What a fantastic and enormous piece of art. Your photos of it is great :)

Linnea W said...

That reflection is so clear. What an interesting spot. I'm sure if I'm ever in downtown Chicago, I'll be sure to search this one out. I hope it stays put! Excellent shots.

Short Poems said...

Cool pics, the reflections are great :)

marinela x x

Joyful said...

that's a very cool piece of art.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What an awesome sculpture! I would love to visit Chicago some day. I have been there for business but never had a chance to explore.

~ Tracy

Carolyn Ford said...

I have visited the BEAN! I love it! We have relatives in Elgin and the Lake Front is a definite must when we are visiting. Fun pics!

Atticmag said...

I've never seen the sculpture but now that I know about it -- from your blog -- I'll be sure to get down there when I'm in Chicago. Thanks for the informative post.Hope you'll stop by if you have time. Jane F.