Chicago Reflected
 Chicago Reflected 

Cloud Gate metallic sculpture in Millennium Park, Chicago

wiki: The sculpture is shaped like an ellipse, and its legume-like appearance has caused it to be nicknamed 'the Bean'. It is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates, and stands at 33 feet high, 66 feet long, and 42 feet wide, weighing 110 tons. From a distance it looks like a huge drop of liquid mercury, while up close it is highly reflective, capturing the skyline, the downtown cityscape and the warped images of passers-by. The artist, Anish Kapoor, has referred to the sculpture as 'a gate to Chicago, a poetic idea about the city it reflects'.

The sculpture is like a fun-house mirror, reflecting and dislocating people's images. The artist has transformed the sculpture's two-dimensional physical structure into three-dimensional space. This effect is most dramatic in the 12-foot underbelly (which the artist refers to as the 'omphalos' or navel), where people's reflections are multiplied in the vortex.
Canon EOS 20D: 24mm (38.4mm) f/8 3"2 ISO 100 Capture time: 2007-01-17 18:52:45

This image has instant appeal - the reflected cityscape is so clear, yet eerily distorted. Nice composition and exposure.

Posted by Andrew on January 19, 2007 at 12:27 AM

Have seen this bean on many photoblogs and i think its the first time i am watching it in b&w, and i must say it has the same impact .. great composition!

Posted by Ashish Sidapara on January 19, 2007 at 9:48 AM

i've heard of the giant bean! My friends mom owns the company that built that thing! they polished the heck out of it so the seams wouldn't show!

Posted by Crash on January 19, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Wow, very beautiful!

Posted by Frank on January 20, 2007 at 10:12 AM

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