ON CLOUD NINE ~ Cloud Gate Sculpture, Anish Kapoor

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One of the most unique and interesting sculptures in decades graces the promenade at Chicago's Millennium Park. With "Cloud Gate", sculptor Anish Kapoor has created a work of art that holds something for everyone. It reflects the splendor that is the Chicago skyline. It plays tricks with the light and the sky. It is massive, giving it weight and importance. It is elegant -- balanced on its ends and without any color of its own. And finally, it is interactive, and lets the viewer (or even the seagulls) become part of the art or stand back and let the simple act of walking, turning, or even just swaying change the visual presented by the sculpture. When it was unveiled in July of 2004, it was derided by some as unimaginative. Some branded it "The Electric Kidney Bean." That "bean" nickname stuck, and the public quickly changed its meaning from pejorative to loving. In the weeks following its unveiling, throngs of tourists and locals were drawn to its magical presence. Even if some television news anchors chose to dismiss it before they had even seen it in person, the public loves "the bean" and embraces it as a new symbol of Chicago.

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Comments (49)

蒂芙尼.林 on July 25, 2014

great photograph and nice composition L/F

thank you very much for visit to my gallery

Tiffany Liem

~Marlene~ on July 26, 2014

Thank you again, Tiffany, for the kind words and your visit. I am honored by your L/F!

Best wishes, Marlene

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on July 28, 2014

Well done! 35/16--AnaM

~Marlene~ on July 29, 2014

Thank again, AnaM, for the visit and the Like. I am honored by your Y*!

Best wishes, Marlene

Paul Strasser on July 29, 2014

Clever title Marlene, and I've never seen seagulls that peaceful. It's on my bucket list, that's how famous this sculpture has become. Like a lot.

Greetings, Paul

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on July 29, 2014

Great shot ! LIKE My friendly greetings,Natuska

~Marlene~ on July 30, 2014

Paul… and… Natuska…

Thank you both for the great comments. I'm so happy you Like it! Paul… put me on that list, too… I live just down the street. You can cross both things off at once! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

Agnieszka Małasiewic… on August 5, 2014

Very original, great invented sculpture and also great captured ☺
Warm greetings

~Marlene~ on August 6, 2014

Many thanks, Agnieszka, for the great comment. It is a wonderful sculpture! I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 13, 2014
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2014/06/29 17:50:33