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Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate is the official name of this gleaming giant sculpture in the Millennium Park in the Chicago. The Chicagoans prefer to speak of “the Bean”.
Both names fit well with the impressive form of this artwork.
A cloud descended to the street level with a gate through which you can walk.
But the shape also strongly reminds of a giant bean.

In 1998 a public tender was organized to fill the open spaces of the Millennium Park.
From the 30 entries two artists: British artist Anish Kapoor and artist Jeff Koons were chosen.
At the place where the Cloud Gate is situated now, would first be placed the design of Jeff Koons.
But eventually his object caused too many problems and Koons' project became scraped entirely.
It was decided to place Kapoor's work on this spot.
The artwork was built between 2004 and 2006. It is composed of 168 stainless steel plates and is thoroughly polished so that no seams are visible.
The dimensions are 10 x 20 x 13 meters and weigh 99.8 tons.

If you want to know more about the construction of this object, click through to the link theclare.com/chicago-bean-history-inside-story-behind-cloud-gate

■ Picture 1: ◄ The Bean ►
■ Picture 2: ◄ Skyline and Reflection ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ The Gate ►

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