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Friday, July 28, 2006

Time for reflection....


"Cloud Gate" was created by British artist Anish Kapoor. Locally it's most often referred to as "the bean." It's a marvelous magnificent metal structure that encourages reflection, both of the city and yourself. How can something so graceful...something that appears to float on the plaza...weigh 110 ton, stand 66 feet tall and 33 feet wide? It's almost impossible not to touch and smile and stand in awe of both "the bean" and the city.

10 Comments:

Anonymous anne said...

That is one big bean! Looks fantastic! Must be fun looking at your reflection :)

1:30 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Wonderful! How do they keep it so shiny everyday?

7:16 AM  
Blogger luggi said...

Love the bean!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Neorelix said...

It's beautiful. Who gets to polish it?!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

Wow, this is pretty cool! I love the reflection in it as well.

Visit my Glasgow, Scotland DP i fyou get the chance. :)

7:43 AM  
Blogger Nancee said...

Edwin and Neorelix: The hard part was the initial polishing, getting the raw steel to its final mirror finish. I don’t know how often it’s cleaned now...hourly...daily...weekly? But I can tell you that it's polished using a product made by a local Chicago company-Turtle Wax (usually used to polish cars).

9:27 PM  
Blogger Sadia said...

Haha, I love that you looked into the polishing techniques! Great blog, I'll definitely be back!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Gavin Hart said...

Thats amazing! I haven't seen anything like it. From your description, it is also very large. It must be awesome to be close to it.

12:57 AM  
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