A foggy day at the park in Chicago …
Although fog covers the top of the tall buildings in Chicago, the blooming flowers provide a colorful contrast
In the midst of a busy city, Millennium Park in Chicago offers respite in the form of art sculptures and nature , such as this canopy formed by trees.
The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.
Plensa, the designer, adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa’s tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.
A little girl seems to enjoy a shower in the fountain ….
Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a major addition to the city’s world-renowned public art collection.
The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.
A Face on a Fountain
The Chicago Bean sculpture is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates – giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago.
The Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the “bean,” is one of the highlights of Millennium Park. The Bean sculpture, designed by Anish Kapoor, is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates – giving the appearance of liquid mercury. The bean stands in contrast to the skyscrapers of Chicago.
The Chicago “L” (short for “elevated”) is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs. Standing under the tracks of the “L” provide some interesting perspectives and shadow designs.
Colorful empty seats and their shadows create symmetrical designs at Pritzker Music Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago
In contrast to historic buildings on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, these modern skyscrapers reach for the sky in striking ways ….
The Hilton Chicago, (designed in Beaux-Arts architecture opened its doors in 1927 as the Stevens Hotel) is captured here on a foggy morning ….
Empty rail tracks lead to a lineup of Chicago skyscrapers in the fog
Colorful flowers counteract the dreary atmosphere of fog in Chicago
The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States. At completion in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center towers in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years. The Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the 14th-tallest in the world. More than one million people visit its observation deck each year, making it one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations. The structure was renamed in 2009 by the Willis Group as part of its lease on a portion of the tower’s space.
Some shots of Chicago over the next week or so. Here is a view of North Chicago from Willis Tower.