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Cloud Gate

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 12 February 2015 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

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. The sculpture and AT&T Plaza are located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its bean-like 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, and weighs 110 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 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 sculpture was the result of a design competition. After Kapoor's design was chosen, numerous technological concerns regarding the design's construction and assembly arose, in addition to concerns regarding the sculpture's upkeep and maintenance. Various experts were consulted, some of whom believed the design could not be implemented. Eventually, a feasible method was found, but the sculpture's construction fell behind schedule. It was unveiled in an incomplete form during the Millennium Park grand opening celebration in 2004, before being concealed again while it was completed. Cloud Gate was formally dedicated on May 15, 2006, and has since gained considerable popularity, both domestically and internationally.

Photo captured July 24, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/250 second F/10.0 ISO 100 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

What a nice place
Good shot

12 Feb 2015 5:17am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quels reflet quel boule déformée et ces personnages superbe

12 Feb 2015 5:53am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Extra, de toute beauté )

12 Feb 2015 6:53am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Excellente capture, colour and details !

12 Feb 2015 7:47am

farinaz from Ardebil, Iran

very good

12 Feb 2015 7:53am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Amazing composition. Superb reflection.:-)

12 Feb 2015 8:07am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Spectacular sculpture! Sunning reflexions and interesting note!
Have a nice day.

12 Feb 2015 8:20am

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique ! Je le préfère ainsi, en couleurs.

12 Feb 2015 9:16am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

super cool

12 Feb 2015 9:40am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I've never seen a bad photograph of this . . comes up fresh every time.

12 Feb 2015 9:58am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic image - like a portal to another world!

12 Feb 2015 10:19am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Well documented. It's visually stunning and surely the engineers who implemented his concept deserve as much credit as he does

12 Feb 2015 11:02am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is so cool. I would want to shoot there all day.

12 Feb 2015 2:25pm

Ben from Rennes, France

Beautiful reflection!

12 Feb 2015 5:22pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful composition ! Superb !

12 Feb 2015 6:20pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

Your view makes good use of the reflective qualities of this sculpture.

12 Feb 2015 6:25pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

It was inside a scaffold in 2005. Now it looks great. Wonderful colors, reflections, and details in this image.

12 Feb 2015 6:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An incredible piece of art. I really enjoy your wonderful images of this enchanting sculpture.

12 Feb 2015 6:34pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The way that bean reflects is gorgeous. Lovely image

12 Feb 2015 7:39pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

The only thing better then the photo is the detailed explanation. Wondering who keeps it clean and shiny.

12 Feb 2015 7:44pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific image and fascinating information too

12 Feb 2015 10:31pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous reflections! I have always wanted to see this! Such a beautiful sculpture. Wonderful information!

13 Feb 2015 1:49am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

A few steps and you have a completely different view of this wonderful art.

13 Feb 2015 2:26am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That would be so much fun to photograph.

13 Feb 2015 4:26am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Amazing! I'd love to be there and take photos!

13 Feb 2015 4:30am

Sam from Chennai, India

Splendid. Wonderful capture of this unique and great sculpture. Amazing details and reflections. :)

13 Feb 2015 7:49am

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A fantastic image with beautiful reflections and color combinations .Beautifully captured !

13 Feb 2015 8:48am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh superbe ces reflets

13 Feb 2015 9:04am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great, love this fascinating place!

13 Feb 2015 9:44am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I really like this perspective.

13 Feb 2015 12:17pm

philippe from saint medard d, France

Superbe photo qui mérite le spotlight, mais ça c'est mon avis.

13 Feb 2015 3:29pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Artists are amazing... getting this design from liquid mercury ... now that is inspiring! You've really captured it at the right angle too... this is something I would like to see. Awesome!

13 Feb 2015 4:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU I am happy to know you here on AM3

14 Feb 2015 7:42pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I love your photos of this 'bean' ... and every one is so different.
How they polished it to hide the seams is beyond me.

15 Feb 2015 12:50am

omid from mashhad, Iran

W O N D E R F U L !

15 Feb 2015 10:54pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Wonderful mirror to light and colour that it is, you could shoot this every day of the year and all will be different.

16 Feb 2015 10:36pm

franz from Baden, Austria

marvellous !
i'm sure this is a space ship ... ;-)

25 Feb 2015 7:14pm

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