THE "BEAN" REFLECTS IN BLACK & WHITE (In reality, it is colorless!)

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By clicking the "interactive" link within this description, you can experience "The Bean"!

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 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 (110)

adin on May 3, 2013

A mystery Marlene! interesting

~Marlene~ on May 4, 2013

Not really, adin, but we will pretend it is! :-) I'm glad you found it interesting! Thanks for the visit...

Best wishes, Marlene

GWHoffman on August 9, 2013

Love it! L81

Kind regards, Glenn

~Marlene~ on August 10, 2013

I really think it's time you visit Chicago, Glenn... the "Bean" awaits! Thanks so much for the visit and the Like

Best wishes, Marlene

Guy Godemont on February 1, 2014

j'aime beaucoup très réussi bien le bonjour guy

~Marlene~ on February 2, 2014

Many thanks, Guy, for the kind words and your visit. Both are much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Constantin Ciocan on August 31, 2014

I photographed this place. I rather like your photo - L & F. Greetings from Bucharest!

~Marlene~ on September 1, 2014

Many thanks, Constantin, for the very nice comment and your visit. I'm honored by your L+F. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Chicago!

Best wishes, Marlene

Dhirubhai Patel on February 2, 2015

My Dear Friends,thank you very much for your kind visit, lovely comments, Like and Favorite.

Nuestra Capea on March 9, 2015

magnifica foto

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  • Uploaded on March 2, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2012/04/07 17:02:13