Thursday, May 29, 2008
#3 Sky Watch Friday
Here's the blurb I found about this sculpture in Chicago
"Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives."
I learned that it had a projected cost of 9 million dollars but that the final cost ended up being 23 million. It sort of reminded me of the Sydney Opera House... cost wise.
We were babysitting our granddaughter and decided to walk her over to Millennium Park to see the sculpture which Chicagoans actually call "The Bean." I think Mr. Kapoor has resigned himself to that title because that's what everybody I know calls it. We were amazed to see a wedding party pull up and have their photos taken in front of it, even as people swarmed all around them. You can see me in the 2nd photo almost dead center next to the carriage with the red top. I'm holding the camera. :-D
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