City of Chicago’s Millennium Park 1


Cloud Gate

As I was wandering through the city, I came across one of the major tourist attractions for the area and the place where quite a few events are held throughout the year – Millennium Park. I was really excited to see the massive art installation I had heard about – the Crown Fountaion by artist Jaume Plensa. there are two columns with actual faces of Chicago residents projected on one side and glass on the other 3 sides. During warmer weather, the sides with the faces operate as fountains. They have a reflecting pool between them and there are benches around the courtyard. It is a peaceful spot, but the oversize faces did tend to make me feel a bit small! According to Plensa, the work is inspired by the historic use of protective gargoyles as fountains.

I also saw the famous Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor. It was surrounded by tourists the entire time I was there. I wish I would have had the time to go back at sunset. I bet the reflections of the city are spectacular!

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion was not in use, but I couldn’t resist pulling out my Lensbaby lens to take a photo of the beautiful lines of the installation.

I finished my exploration of this incredible spot by walking across Nichols Bridgeway to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing, where I visited the Ryan Education Center.

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Kate loves to explore new places. She often begins planning her next trip before her suitcase is unpacked! She is currently working on her goal of fifty by 50, with detours to places outside the USA or trips back to states she's already visited to discover new towns or enjoy new sights. In addition to travel, Kate is passionate about photography, dabbles in painting and cannot start her mornings without a good cup of tea. Her most recent travels were to Rhode Island and the Azores. She will also be traveling to the Eastern shore of Maryland and Iceland in 2016.

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