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Silver Bean, Silver Bean

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The number one thing on my "to-see" list in my recent trip to Chicago was the "Cloud Gate" sculpture at Millennium Park. Locals like to call it the "Bean" because it's shaped like one, but shiny and silvery. It's created by British artist Anish Kapoor--his very first public outdoor art installation in the United States.

I finally got my travel wish granted...on my birthday!

The "Bean" weighs 110 tons, measures 66 feet long and 33 feet high, and is made up of polished stainless steel plates forged together to become this fluid-looking metallic masterpiece. If you melted this sculpture, can you imagine how many silver spoons or stainless steel drums can be made out of it?

If this were a magic bean and sprouted a beanstalk, it will probably reach the moon.

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witsandnuts said...

Wow! This structure is amazing. I have to show this to the locals. Kelangan magkaron din sila ng ganito. Heehee.

Lawstude said...

happy birthday. hope to see this one if and when my brother who lives near chicago invites me. :)

Toe said...

Happy Birthday Fortuitous Faery.

That is amazing. I like the reflectiono n the surface of the bean. What would it be like to see the world like that? :)

Kayni said...

happy birthday! i'm thinking of a giant jelly bean =).

kg said...

it's nice! something you would definitely visit. but what is it's purpose? is it just for decoration?

Marites said...

galing! unang tingin ko ay donut hahahaha! this is really a must-see.

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