THE CROWN FOUNTAIN ~ Jaume Plensa, Designer

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Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection.

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.

Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

The fountain’s water features operate during the year between mid-spring and mid-fall, while the images remain on view year-round.

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dana ciszewska on July 17, 2014

Eye catching shot.L.Dana

Tomros on July 17, 2014

never seen anything like it...

not sure, I would like to have my face displayed every day, for everybody...

like 22.

greetings, tomas

Cindy Breen on July 19, 2014

Interesting Marlene


Best wishes Marion

NO VIEWS NAJI on July 19, 2014

Los españoles siempre hicimos cosas grandes....;)

Muy buena esta captura.! Es muy bella. Besos!!!!

Chris10 © on July 19, 2014

Wonderful place, beautiful image Marlene. It looks like everything is big in Chicago except the people ;)

Greetz, CHristien.

Al Sanin on July 19, 2014

Charming picture! I like street life picture, I like your style! LIKE & FAV!!! Warm friendly greetings, Al

C haydeé on July 19, 2014

Preciosa fotografía acompañada por su bella historia. LIKE y FAVORITE Saludos cordiales. Chaydeé.

Frank T. Schmelz on July 20, 2014

Excellently composed picture, dear Marlene. I love it.
Best wishes

~Marlene~ on July 21, 2014

Roger… Dana… Tomas… Marion… Toni… Christien… Al… Chaydeé… and… Frank…

Many thanks to all for the wonderful comments, visits, Likes & Y*s. I am honored and appreciate it all very much! Roger… I thought you would be happy to know that! And yes, Christien, everything in Chicago is big! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

Andre S (pilago) on July 22, 2014

Picturesque street scenery.

Like :) Best wishes Andre

Majka44 on July 22, 2014

Wonderful street view and shot!!!


Greetings and best wishes, Majka:)

~Marlene~ on July 23, 2014

Andre… and… Majka…

Thank you both so much for the kind words and your visits. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on July 28, 2014

Good shot! 31--AnaM

~Marlene~ on July 29, 2014

Thanks again, AnaM, for the kind words and the Like. Both are very much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on July 29, 2014

Wonderful place , very nice image ! LIKE My friendly greetings,Natuska

~Marlene~ on July 30, 2014

Many thanks, Natuska, for yet another Like… I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Agnieszka Małasiewic… on August 16, 2014

Fascinating multimedia sculpture!
Great composed capture Marlene!
Warm greetings

~Marlene~ on August 18, 2014

Thank you so much, Agnieszka, for the great comment, Like and Y*. I'm honored and appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

kalina10 on November 22, 2014

Te fonntanny początkowo mnie denerwowały i nie podobały się wcale, ale po pewnym czasie. Moźna je było polubić To naprawdę niebanalny pomysł! 🎉🎉🎉😄

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