Vanishing Point (Explored)


Vanishing Point (Explored)

Chicago, Illinois - Cloud Gate - Best if viewed large. "Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.... Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (100 t; 98 long tons). Kapoor's design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the "omphalos" (Greek for "navel"), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor's artistic themes, and it is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties." The photo was converted to black and white and given the infrared treatment in Photoshop Elements. The Sunday Challenge: Vanishing Point TSCIMG 7172

Explore Chicago (Explored)

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Gray day in the city

Chicago, Illinois AIMG 7151

City traffic

Chicago, Illinois AIMG 7157

Guardian lion

Chicago, Illinois - Art Institute of Chicago AIMG 7160

Crown Fountain (Explored)

"Crown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago's Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces. Construction and design of the Crown Fountain cost $17 million. The water operates from May to October, intermittently cascading down the two towers and spouting through a nozzle on each tower's front face." AIMG 7162

The old and the new

Chicago, Illinois AIMG 7175

Ornate skyscraper

Chicago, Illinois AIMG 7176


Chicago, Illinois - Art Institute of Chicago - Ganesh (Indonesia) AIMG 7182
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