Crown Fountain, Chicago

Crown Fountain, Chicago (must see)

Crown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago's Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2m) tall and use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces. Weather permitting, the water operates from May to October, intermittently cascading down the two towers and spouting through a nozzle on each tower's front face. Residents and critics have praised the fountain for its artistic and entertainment features. It highlights Plensa's themes of dualism, light, and water, extending the use of video technology from his prior works. Its use of water is unique among Chicago's many fountains, in that it promotes physical interaction between the public and the water.

Why You Should Visit:
A very nice addition to Chicago's world-renowned public art collection; fun to sit down and relax (or else bring a towel and spare clothes!).
The fountain & water jets are great for the kids to run around and frolic through, especially on a hot summer's day.

Tip:
The lighting is fantastic – you should go at night to see the full effect.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Crown Fountain on Map

Sight Name: Crown Fountain
Sight Location: Chicago, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour  

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