Wednesday, July 4, 2012

more of exploring Chicago

Continuing on, here we are at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.  It was designed by artist Jaume Plensa and is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers.  The towers are 50 feet tall and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces.Water cascades down the two towers and spouts through a nozzle on each tower's front face.

The fountain highlights Plensa's themes of dualism, light, and water.  It promotes physical interaction between the public and the water.

A popular gathering place, even for the birds!

The fountain is a public play area and offers people an escape from the summer heat.

The Bowman and The Spearman are two bronze equestrian sculptures standing as gatekeepers in Congress Plaza, at the intersection of Congress Drive and Michigan Avenue in Grant Park.  The sculptures were made in Zagreb by Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.

The birds enjoy all the artwork in Chicago, don't they?

Born and trained in Budapest, Sir George Solti was a world renowned orchestral conductor who served as director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than two decades.  Dame Elisabeth Frink produced the bust and it is in the Solti Garden in Grant Park.

Thanks to Uta for being here, I am enjoying reading and learning about the beautiful artwork in our city.

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