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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Comments (57)

Rodema on July 19, 2014

Excellent capture!! LIKE!! My best regards, Rodema.

NO VIEWS NAJI on July 19, 2014

Una gran obra ;) Y una gran imagen captada. Me gusta y mucho! YSL!

Un abrazo Marlene!

C haydeé on July 19, 2014

¡Imagen magnífica de la hermosa fuente!

LIKE y FAVORITE Saludos cordiales. Chaydeé.

Frank T. Schmelz on July 20, 2014

Terrific viewpoint, great shot.
Best wishes

~Marlene~ on July 21, 2014

Goldfoto… Fernando… Tomas… Imre… Popi… Alex… Janusz… Rodema… Toni… Chaydeé… and… Frank…

Thank you all so much for the very nice comments, Likes and special Y*s. I appreciate it all, and your visits, very much! Goldfoto… it's not raining, it's a fountain! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

Majka44 on July 22, 2014

Fantastic photo Marlene!!!

L + F

With friendly greetings from Slovakia, Majka

~Marlene~ on July 23, 2014

Many thanks, Majka, for the very nice comment and your visit. I am honored by your Like and Y*!

Best wishes, Marlene

Deodato Lourenḉo on July 23, 2014

Beautiful shot, Marlene!



~Marlene~ on July 25, 2014

Thank you so much, JOE, for the very nice comment and your visit. I'm honored by the YSL and your visit!

Best wishes, Marlene

Giannino NO VIEWS on July 26, 2014

an amazing fountain - L I K E - greetings from ROME - Gianni

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on July 28, 2014

Nice scene! 44--AnaM

~Marlene~ on July 29, 2014

Gianni… and… AnaM…

Thank you both so much for the very nice comments and your visits. I'm very happy that you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on July 29, 2014

Wonderful capture ! LIKE


My friendly greetings,Natuska

~Marlene~ on July 30, 2014

Thank you so much, Natuska, for the kind words and the Like. I am honored by your Y*!

Best wishes, Marlene

Siger2 on July 30, 2014

I well know this place... you're shot is beautiful Marlene ! Bravo ! Like 46 and F 20 !

Greetings from Paris - France

Siger2 (Régis de Beaurepaire)

~Marlene~ on August 1, 2014

Thank you again, dear Régis, for the wonderful comment and your visit. I am honored by your YSL!

Best wishes, Marlene

kalina10 on November 22, 2014

Ciesz się źe tam nie dali twojego zdjęcia😄🎉😍☺️🎉

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  • Uploaded on July 13, 2014
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2014/06/29 17:46:02
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 6.73mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash