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Crown Fountain

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Jaume Plensa
 
location Illinois, Chicago
function art, fountain, sculpture
contributed by rtaube

This fountain, located in Chicago's Millennium Park, consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project an ever-changing array of 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. Spanish Artist Jaume Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through a water 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 1000 residents (text from website Millennium Park).

 

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Crown Fountain
Address
Michigan Ave 55
United States
http://www.millenniumpark.org/artandarchitect
ure/crown_fountain.html
Project is public!
Opening hours The park is open to the public 24/7.
How to get there? CTA train stations close to Millennium Park include the Red Line Washington Street exit and the Brown/Green/Orange and Purple Line Madison/Wabash Street exit. From any of these train stops, head east until you reach the park.
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Completion 7- 2004
ArtistJaume Plensa
associate architectKrueck + Sexton Architects
 
Project ID 3336
Latitude/Longitude 41°52'53N 87°37'25W
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