This looks like a scene from a science fiction movie, doesn't it? Can you guess what it is?
It is "Cloud Gate," a sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. It has also been nicknamed "The Bean" for it's bean-like shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It weighs in at over 110-tons, and is 66 feet long and 33 feet high.
The sculpture's mirror like surface reflects and distorts Chicago's skyline.
Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot high arch. On the underside is the "omphalos" (Greek for "navel"), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections, which you can see in the upper right photo in the photo mosaic above. Cloud Gate is becoming one of the most photographed features in Chicago as it is hard to resist all the special effect opportunities it provides.
Linking with Mary at The Little Red House for her weekly "Mosaic Monday" event. Thanks Mary!
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