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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Roger Powell on July 17

That's a relief to hear!
: ) )

dana ciszewska on July 17

Eye catching shot.L.Dana

Tomros on July 17

never seen anything like it...

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

like 22.

greetings, tomas

cindy555 on July 19

Interesting Marlene


Best wishes Marion

LittleNAJI on July 19

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

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

Chris10 © on July 19

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

Greetz, CHristien.

Al Sanin on July 19

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

C haydeé on July 19

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

Frank T. Schmelz on July 20

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

~Marlene~ on July 21

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

Picturesque street scenery.

Like :) Best wishes Andre

Majka44 on July 22

Wonderful street view and shot!!!


Greetings and best wishes, Majka:)

~Marlene~ on July 23

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

Good shot! 31--AnaM

~Marlene~ on July 29

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

Best wishes, Marlene

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on July 29

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

~Marlene~ on July 30

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

Best wishes, Marlene

Fascinating multimedia sculpture!
Great composed capture Marlene!
Warm greetings

~Marlene~ on August 18

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

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo taken in Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Crown Fountain

Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 13
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2014/06/29 17:46:47
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 16.45mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash