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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City of Chicago Millennium Park