Thursday, June 21, 2007

Amazing Bean in Chicago / Sheer Joy

This was the best find while walking on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Artist Anish Kapoor's sculpture is located in Millenium Park and it truly is a magical experience to find yourself (or not) in the mirrored image of multiple perspectives. Not only is this sculpture beautiful to look at, it transports you to a world of fun, whimsy, amazement, vertigo, dreams, fantasy and wherever your imagination (and reflection) takes you. I had to leave the "Cloud Gate" quickly the second time in, because the swirling patterns of humanity gave me vertigo. I loved the distortion and the connection with the surrounding cityscape of Chicago. Can you see me in there?
Let's get something as whimsical and dramatic for Washington, DC.

"Artist Anish Kapoor's Cloudgate, already lovingly referred to by Chicagoans as "The Bean," is a sensational, 110-ton, highly polished steel monolith shaped like a kidney bean that draws you to it with its ever-changing reflections of the city skyline, surrounding park and, of course, your own, elusive mirror-image - harder to find than you think. " By J.M. Pasquesi

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