THE "BEAN" ~ From Above

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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 (129)

~Marlene~ on September 26, 2013

Thank you so much, Volkert, for the great comment and the Like. I am honored by the Y* and your visit!

Best wishes, Marlene

brian gillman on December 31, 2013

'The Bean' - 'The Pod' - looks kinda alien but I like very much. L&F. Must go through a lot of metal polish though, and I hope there's no danger of rust. (I've noticed so many of your photos are taken from above. I think you must have your own private helicopter!).

Best wishes, Brian.

~Marlene~ on January 2, 2014

That's very funny, Brian! What I do have is a dentist with an office 20 floors above this park and an apartment on the 26th floor right downtown. This gives me some advantage. I have actually seen helicopters lower than I am! The Bean is made of stainless steel. I don't think rust is a problem and what they clean off the most, I imagine, is bird droppings! I've yet to see anyone actually buffing it!

Many thanks for your kind visit and the YSL. Both are very much appreciated! Happy New Year to you & yours!

Best wishes, Marlene

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on January 2, 2014


~Marlene~ on January 4, 2014

Many thanks, Tony, for your visit and the Y*… both are much appreciated!

Best wishes & Happy New Year, Marlene

Lady GooGoo La La on February 6, 2014

Sawadee ka,
I am Lady GooGoo LaLa this months moderator for the NPC contest.

Welcome to this months NPC Contest "I Feel Small"
I wish you good luck!

Kind Regards

Lady GooGoo LaLa

~Marlene~ on February 7, 2014

Many thanks, Lady GooGoo LaLa, for the good wishes & the visit… a very nice idea!

Best wishes, Marlene

Lady GooGoo La La on February 8, 2014

Nice shot Marlene, I looked for you in the mirror, but didnt see you!

Lady GooGoo LaLa

~Marlene~ on February 8, 2014

I don't think you could ever find me, Lady GooGoo LaLa… I was in one of those buildings on the 19th floor! :-)

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