Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cloud Gate


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!


I would also be so happy if  you please visit this link to visit my review blog to see the shopping spree I went on for my bride-to-be daughter and  for a chance to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card by leaving a comment there between June 20 and 30th, 2011! (click here for official rules)
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45 comments:

Snap said...

the last time we were in Chicago, the bean had been in place long enough to have earned its nickname. What fun. It is not possible to see it and not take a picture! Thanks for the memories!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I was reading your post when your comment came through on mine...like minds! Love these photos! I didn't know what I was seeing at first! I still need to go back and look again! And thanks for the encouraging words about the elevation change! I hate feeling so slow and 'out of it'! lol ♥

Claudia said...

It's a wonder what people create. We walked by there and through there many times during our short trip. Your photos just beguile (as usual).

Vee said...

Now I wonder if my niece got to see that because I know she would've loved it...a truly unique experience. That's what I love about sculpture...when it's interactive.

myletterstoemily said...

your ability to find new and wildly interesting
subjects never ceases to amaze me. how
creative is this vast piece of art?

black eyed susans kitchen said...

That is an amazing sculpture! I can see why it would have the two names. I would love to have an opportunity to gaze at it and see the cloud reflection. Your are the best tour guide Pat!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! This is just amazing!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barbara F. said...

I've never seen anything like that sculpture before. It is amazing. Thanks for capturing all angles of the bean for us. xo,

Genie said...

Lucky you t get to see something as unique as this and then to photography it. I am amazed and awestruck at how fabulous the shots came out. At times it was like you were using a fisheye lens. Love the photos, Genie

pam said...

I LOVE that giant bean. So many things to see differently depending on where you stand.
Hey, I went to the Home Goods store last week. I bought some dishes....they only had 6 dinner plates and 6 fun bowls but I LOVED what I got. Light weight with flowers that looked like they had been hand painted. All of my dishes are so heavy so THANK YOU for enlightening me about this store.
Hope you have a grand week Pat!

Ginny said...

This is totally AMAZING!!!!

Jojo said...

Wow! What a unique piece of art. In the first picture I couldn't tell what I was seeing.

La said...

It does kinda look like a Mexican jumping bean. What a cool sculpture.

Be sure to stop by my blog Tuesday to enter my giveaway.

Have a great week! La

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love it! I also enjoy seeing modern art like that in the city! It's so unexpected!

Sarah said...

More great photos. I always learn something new from you. This is an interesting sculpture.

Punctuation Mark said...

i love chicago!!! have a great week!!!

Carol said...

That is really so cool! What an amazing sculpture. Great pics.

Pondside said...

I can see why it's so popular - there's something weirdly beautiful about it!

Old Kitty said...

I love the Bean!!!! I love it!! Wow - look at it!! It's brilliant! I love that its so accessible and so so so enigmatic. I love it! thank you for these intimate shots!Take care
x

eileeninmd said...

Hi Pat, it is a cool and fun looking sculpture and really has neat reflections. Your photos and mosaic are awesome.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Holy cow! That's sooooooo cool! Imagine being a painter and having so many 'different' views of the Chi skyline!

RNSANE said...

What an interesting sculpture. Sort of like those crazy mirrors at amusement parks! I imagine it does draw plenty of attention!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've heard of the bean, it's definitely different:@)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Kind of reminded me of a humungous bicycle helmet. Must be interesting to see though. V

LDH said...

How amazing is this! I think I would be mesmerized and continue walking around and through. Fascinating and what fun photos!

So nice stopping by this morning to visit with you! :)

Yvette said...

I love the whole idea of sculpture that we can interact with in such a vivid and personal manner. Just wonderful. Thanks again for sharing, Pat.

Jann Olson said...

Wow, that it truly amazing. It really did look something out of a Sci-Fi. I have only been in the Chicago airport. Will have to visit sometime. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Riet said...

What an amazing sculpture Pat. Wonderful and how I would love to see it in person. have a great day!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Very cool. I had no idea what the first photo might be...until I scrolled down for the answer!

Oliag said...

A photographers dream!...this is the first I have heard it called the Cloud Gate...I like this name!

Katherines Corner said...

Oh that is awesome! Thank you or the giveaway info. I"m having a giveaway too if you'd like to stop by and enter. Hugs!

Tracy said...

WOW... you saw it! I'm fascinated by Anish Kapoor's designs--very imaginative they are! Amazing the scenes a big silver bean can give...*sigh*... Happy Day, Pat ((HUGS)) P.S. Many thanks for you kind thoughts on my painting. I was a bit shy to share it, but glad I did. :o)

nanny said...

that is so awesome, I would love to see it. I like your last shot before the collage....

Mary ♥ Mur said...


oh.. so nice post.)
Love your blog.))

I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
1. Why did you create a blog?
2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
3. How long will it keep going?

Jacqueline said...

Such fun images. I bet it is even more amazing in person!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

WOW!! That thing is amazing, Pat! That's a lotta plates and no seam visable! Most interesting! Thank you foe letting us see this! blessings ~ tanna

Nance said...

Awesome piece of interactive art. My first impression of your image was that it resembled the undulatus asperatum cloud that emerged over our back yard a couple of years ago. It looked like a giant spaceship would emerge from it to warp space/time and gather us all in. If I designed a UFO, it would look like The Bean.

bj said...

I always want to call you Mille...:))
This is so interesting. I love all the photos. I couldn't figure it all out at first..until you told me what I was looking at. :))
love, bj

Cindy said...

What an interesting piece, it must have cost a fortune. We were in Chicago last year, it's really too bad we did not know about this, we would have gone to see it.
Very interesting!
Hugs, Cindy

Cat & Cricket said...

Now that is something!
You captured it great!
Have a wonderful week!
Smiles~
Cat

GrandmaK said...

This is amazing!!! Wow! Cathy

BEAR's Mom said...

Oh Pat thank you for sharing!
This is amazing...I hope I get to see it sometime :D
BEAR HUGS
~victoria~

Gracie said...

How nice! I like very much permanent exhibitions open up in the city!

Cathy said...

The Bean is amazing. I took lots of pictures too when I was visiting my daughter last summer. Your shots are fantastic, Pat. Don't you just love that city!

Haddock said...

The power to think and create.... used the right way.