A WALK IN THE PARK ~ Cloud Gate AKA "The Bean"

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Cloud Gate is a three-story steel sculpture that has been dubbed "The Bean" by Chicagoans, because of its legume-like shape. The sculpture is the first public artwork in the United States by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor.

The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.

Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

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Comments (72)

~Marlene~ on August 9, 2013

Thank you so much, Adem Dogan, for the kind words and your lovely visit. I am honored by your YSL... thank you!

Best wishes, Marlene

Isenacher on August 9, 2013

Such a nice photo of me gets a >>>LIKE<<<

Greetings Isenacher

~Marlene~ on August 10, 2013

If you insist, Isenacher... I thank you very much for the Like and the visit!

Best wishes, Marlene

d☼≈AlDWMcCuLL☼Ch on August 13, 2013

Unusually unique! Like

Cheers, Donny

~Marlene~ on August 14, 2013

Many thanks, Donny, for the great comment. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

C.A.M. Bien (© CBP f… on August 15, 2013

a beautiful piece of art in this park, I've never seen it before. LIKE!!!

fine regards,


~Marlene~ on August 16, 2013

Thank you again, Kees... This has become the new symbol of Chicago replacing the old Chicago Water Tower. It's a wonderful & fascinating structure! I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

beegood on August 17, 2013

Gorgeous composition dear Marlene, absolutely stunning!!! Deserves at least five golden stars :)

Warmest greetings ~ Maja

NewerMan Man on August 17, 2013

An unique and rear to see architecture and photo. Fabulous shot. LIKE and FAV. All my best wishes, Manup.

~Marlene~ on August 19, 2013

Maja... and... Manup..

Thank you both so much for the wonderful comments and special thanks for the lovely Y*s. I'm very happy you Like it! Now, Maja, I only nee 3 more! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

Roger Powell on January 7, 2014

That is quite amazing - an interactive sculpture. It must present a lot of interesting photographic opportunities!
: ))

~Marlene~ on January 7, 2014

It's very impressive in person, Roger, and yes, endless photo ops! Thanks for checking it out. It's become the modern icon of Chicago!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 26, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/06/17 14:48:45