Millennium Park, Chicago

One of the most unique and interesting sculptures in decades graces the promenade at Chicago's Millennium Park.

With 'Cloud Gate', Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor has created a work of art that holds something for everyone. It reflects the splendor that is the Chicago skyline. It plays tricks with the light and the sky. It is massive, giving it weight and importance. It is elegant - balanced on its ends and without any color of its own. And finally, it is interactive, and lets the viewer become part of the art or stand back and let the simple act of walking, turning, or even just swaying change the visual presented by the sculpture.

Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 10 by 20 by 13 m, and weighs 110 tons.

Project Credits
Artist: Anish Kapoor