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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 (52)

Det Lindinger on August 10, 2013

....................Super, well done Marlene 35 & Fav

Greetings Det!

~Marlene~ on August 11, 2013

Many thanks, Det, for the kind words and your visit. I am honored by the Like & Y*!

My best, Marlene

Majka44 on August 11, 2013

Very beautiful place and shot!


With friendly greetings from Slovakia,Majka

~Marlene~ on August 12, 2013

Thanks so much, Majka, for the great comment. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

C. Bien (© CBP fotog… on August 15, 2013

nice picture of this playing kids with the water.LIKE!!

gr. Kees

~Marlene~ on August 16, 2013

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

Best wishes, Marlene

birgitof on September 8, 2013

A great refreshing fountain for people, a very good work by the spanish designer! Thanks for yr nice shot and documentation! LIKE!

Best regards, Birgit

~Marlene~ on September 9, 2013

Yes, it's much more pleasant than a fire hydrant, Birgit! Everyone really loves this fountain. It is unique, fun and interactive! Thank you very much for the Like and your visit. I appreciate it all very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Faroma on March 19

Veľmi zaujímavé foto.
S pozdravom zo Slovenska Faroma.

valeok on March 19

Excellent shot !!! LK + FV 40/9 Greetings, valeok.

Christos Theodorou on March 19

Very beautiful summer photo. Like - My best wishes.

~Marlene~ on March 23

Faroma… valeok… and… Christos…

My thanks to all for the kind words and your Likes with extra thanks, valeok, for the Fave. I appreciate it all and your visits very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

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