Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Bean

Another stop in Chicago was to Millennium Park to see "The Bean" or rather Cloud Gate.  I personally call the the Mercury Drop for obvious reasons.

The "official" description is:

Cloud Gate -- referred to by locals as "The Bean", for obvious reasons -- is a public sculpture by talented British artist Anish Kapoor. Cloud Gate weighs in at over 110-tons, and is 66 feet long and 33 feet high. "The Bean" was created using a huge number of individual stainless steel plates -- Cloud Gate's seamless surface is the result of thousands of hours of polishing.
Picture from underneath the Bean looking up.
The sculpture has the appearance of a giant drop of liquid mercury, and the mirrored surface offers an amazing reflection of the city skyline, even more breathtaking on a bright, clear day. Visitors can walk underneath the Cloud Gate, which is surprisingly concave. Kids especially enjoy the fun house mirror effect that this creates.

People get in all kinds of positions to take their picture in the different angles of the Bean.

Mikayla had us lean against the inside of the Bean for this one.

1 comment:

Gina said...

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