The Cloud Gate is an open model by Indian-conceived British specialist Anish Kapoor, and is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park inside the Loop neighborhood zone of Chicago, Illinois, United States.
The figure and AT&T Plaza are placed on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and Mccormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Developed between 2004 and 2006, the figure is nicknamed "The Bean" due to its bean-like shape. It is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, and its exceedingly clean outside has no noticeable creases.
It measures 3ft x 66ft x 42ft (10m x 20m x 13m), and weighs 110 short tons. Said to have been enlivened by fluid mercury, the figure's surface reflects and mutilates the city's horizon. Guests have the ability to stroll around and under the Cloud Gate's 12-foot or 3.7m high curve.
On the underside is the omphalos, which is a curved chamber that twists and duplicates impressions. The model expands huge numbers of Kapoor's masterful topics, and is a major attraction among travelers as a zone for taking photographs for its interesting reflective lands.
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This is one of those unique "must-see" attractions. Sure, your life won't be lacking anything if you miss it, but don't. Just don't. Seriously, if you have time, come by and people watch, and check out the many ways your reflection changes as you walk around and under it. Quite memorable!
We go here every time we're in Illinois. Great tourist spot. Everybody takes pictures here. And the playground across the street is very big and fun. Great place. Me, my husband and our children loved it.
If it's sunny out, this is an incredible sight. Really cool sculpture and definitely one of the key landmarks in the city. Nice park around it so take a picnic lunch and do some people watching as they try to get selfies and group photos around the sculpture. It can be very entertaining ;-)
Cloud Gate was on our families list of 1-5 must visit places in Chicago! My kids were amazed at the size, the reflection of the city skyline, and loved walking through the under body of the "bean." Very cool landmark!
I could not leave Chicago without seeing this huge bean. And it would be a big miss if I didn't go there. Seeing my own reflection on the bean from different angle was fun. A must visit place in Illinois.