I spent the weekend in Chicago, Illinois. While I was there, I went and saw the cloud gate sculpture at Millennium Park.
Millennium Park is a public park that spans 24.5 acres. I spent an afternoon in Millennium Park where I walked through the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Lurie Garden before I took a break and enjoyed a drink at one of the outdoor restaurants.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoor performing arts venue. Curved stainless steel plates frame the stage. It has 4,000 fixed seats, plus additional lawn seating. The Pavilion hosts a variety of performing art events throughout the year. I saw people laying out on blankets, playing sports, and reading books on nearby benches.
The Lurie Garden is a 2.5 acre public garden on the southern end of Millennium Park. You can find perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees in the garden. It was peaceful as I strolled through the garden looking at the colorful flowers and shrubs.
The Boeing Galleries are outdoor exhibition spaces within Millennium Park. I encountered colorful public art statues throughout the park. The statues had the body of a human, with the head of an animal. The statues were tall, painted in bright colors, and had different patterns. They are meant for visitors to experience the works and ideas of living artists.
Cloud Gate Sculpture
Next, I went to the Cloud Gate Sculpture also known as, the bean. Numerous movies have featured The Cloud Gate Sculpture. It’s a three story reflective steel sculpture, composed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. As you can see I got a little creative when I got up close to it.
Before I left I watched children play in the Crown Fountain. The Crown Fountain is a public art and video sculpture. It is a huge black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of black brick towers. Faces are displayed on the towers via digital video and water can be seen spouting out of a nozzle on each towers face.
Again, Millennium park spans 24.5 acres. This is only a glimpse of all that I saw. I look forward to visiting Chicago again soon, in order to explore the rest of the park. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions feel free to comment down below.