Cloud Gate in Millennium Park Chicago
Chicago is definitely “My kind of town…” We moved from Chicago to Santa Barbara 3 years ago. The HOTY (Husband Of The Year) lived in the city his whole life and I lived there for about 16 years. Now, I love living in Santa Barbara (and in fact can’t see myself living anywhere else – ever!), but I do miss Chicago.
One of my all-time favorite places is Millennium Park. The park website describes the park perfectly as a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city.
Photograph by Jackman Chiu
Inspired by liquid mercury, Cloud Gate (it looks like a cloud AND a bean, right?) is made of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. Its highly polished exterior has no visible seams and measure 33 x 66 x 42 feet (10 x 20 x 13 m), and weighs 100 tons. On the underside of the sculpture is the omphalos, a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The apex of the omphalos measures 27 feet (8.2 m) above the ground.
I especially love visiting because at all times the sculpture attracts locals and tourists alike. It is so easy to get lost in The Bean.
The highly photogenic art makes the Chicago skyline come to life, showing it’s highly diverse and interesting personality that changes by the time of day and weather. The Bean is truly larger than life, interactive and a joy to experience. It’s also a photographer’s dream, offering countless ways to compose and frame it. Below you will find a series of amazing photographs that demonstrate just how diverse the images of The Bean can be.
If you get to Chicago, please oh please add this great Silver Lining to your trip!
Photograph by ZL-Photography
Photograph by Thomas Hawk
Photograph by Mike Warot
Photograph by Mark Watkins
Photograph by Stefan Georgi
The first photo was taken by: Chris Coleman