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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 (53)

Martin Podt on August 8, 2013

Nice photo


Greetings, Martin

~Marlene~ No Views! on August 9, 2013

Michael... Hervé... Adem Dogan... and... Martin...

My thanks to all for the great comments and the Likes with extra thanks, Adem Dogan, for the special Y*. I appreciate it all very much! Michael... I share your fascination with the fountain. I never tire of it! And yes, my dentist's office provides a perfect view. I watched that whole park being constructed from there. :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

BernardJ47 on August 9, 2013

L+F. Piękne ujęcie. Wspaniały efekt. Pozdrawia Bernard

~Marlene~ No Views! on August 10, 2013

Thank you again, Bernard, for the kind words, the Like and Y*. I am very honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

tarth701 on August 14, 2013

Incredible, I never tire of this kind of thinking - I wonder if this is how the architect pictured this in his mind. First class, very well done Marlene, YSL.

All the best, Mike :)

~Marlene~ No Views! on August 15, 2013

Many thanks, Mike, for the very nice comment and the Like. I'm honored by the Y*. I think the architect achieved his goal... at least the people who visit here love it! Thanks for the visit...

Best wishes, Marlene

C.A.M. Bien on August 15, 2013

very beautiful sculpture, beautiful how the "man" on the fountain spits water out of his mouth. a big LIKE!!!

gr. Kees

~Marlene~ No Views! on August 16, 2013

Yes, Kees, this is a wonderful place. Everyone seems to enjoy it. I'm happy you Like it also. Thanks very much for the long visit. I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Buts Yuri on August 16, 2013

VERY NICE SHOT!!! LIKE-38! Greetings from Ukraine! Yuri.

~Marlene~ No Views! on August 17, 2013

Thanks so much, Yuri, for the nice comment and the visit. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

~Marlene~ No Views! on August 20, 2013

Thank you again, бакасеновић, for the kind words and the Like. I appreciate it and your visit very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

birgitof-NO VIEWS! on September 8, 2013

Excellent shot and perspective! YSL and thanks to yr dentist, Marlene!:-)

Warm regards, Birgit

~Marlene~ No Views! on September 9, 2013

Thank you again, Birgit, for the very nice comments and the YSL. I appreciate both very much! I will thank my dentist when he is finished with all my work! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

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  • Uploaded on August 2, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~ No Views!
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/08/01 14:56:57
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
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