Day 2: Visit Millennium Park

September 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

The city of Chicago plays host to Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Sears Tower, and what I would assume to be the world’s largest chrome bean. Today we visited Millennium Park which, according to Wikipedia, was built to celebrate the dawn of a new era – the year 2000 – though construction was not actually finished until 2004. It features a number of public art displays including the bean, which is also known as the Cloud Gate sculpture.

Cloud Gate was designed by the Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, who is also known for the sculpture Sky Mirror in Rockefeller Center. Cloud Gate is made up of 168 steel plates, and cost approximately twenty three million dollars.

Among the park’s other artistic features is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, where free concerts are held throughout the summer.

Other interesting sculptures pepper the landscape, such as:

This layered T-Rex with the words “Made in China” plastered across the front,

a monster with a long red tongue dangling a golden bull and some men off of the ground,

and this shiny pillar.

Possibly my favorite feature of the park is the Crown Fountain. Two rectangular towers trickle water down their sides while a giant face is projected on them. The face smiles, blinks, and every five minutes a stream of water flows out of its mouth all over the giggling children below, which is really kind of disgusting if you think about it.

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