For superficial people, the art needs to be deep to force them to think. There are however people who are deep by nature and they prefer the art to be entertaining. This modern sculpture in the Millennium Park, Chicago may satisfy both these groups. I believe I prefer the entertaining aspect of the art. That is why I have spent more than hour around THE BEAN and I just did not want to leave at all. It is beautiful, it is surprising, it is fun, it is however not clean as everybody apparently tries to get here in personal touch with the art.
In this photograph you see a group of young people trying to spell something in the reflection of The Bean. What are they trying to say? No idea. It seems like IO or 10 to me. I have noticed they have all bags from same travel company. They surely have fun. And they make an interesting foreground. If you know what they mean, please share it here with us.
HOW I GOT THERE
I had 6 hours to change planes at Chicago airport. I was really tempted to have at least a short glimpse at this city which I have never visited before. Fortunately for me, all the checkups usually performed after an international plane lands in the US were performed already at the modern terminal of Dublin Airport. US Immigration took our fingerprints and photographs in Dublin already so in Chicago we were treated as a domestic flight already. This saved us at least one hour. Fortunately for us the terminal where we arrived was the same terminal where the Chicagos subway station was located. The biggest problem we have experienced was figuring out how to buy a ticket. The information was very confusing. People were running around several vending machines desperately looking for somebody who knows how to use it. There was one subway worker there but he was not in the mood to help us. In the end we figured we need some change to buy special cards which we can afterwards charge. You have to buy the cards with the cash and no rest change is given, but you can later charge the cards with the credit cards. Where can you get change: go all the way back to the terminal... Anyway I have visited many foreign cities: this was the first one I had trouble to buy a ticket.
When you already get the ticket: it is cheap and quick to get to the city center. I was dreaming about visiting one of the viewpoints like Sears Tower or Hancock Tower but I heard there are extremely long waiting lines there. Anyway skyscrapers were covered in the dense fog. Millenium park was a great option as it is just few blocks walk from the subway station and the subway guarantees that you wont get stuck in traffic.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. It is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its bean-like shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It is 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (100 t; 98 long tons). Kapoor's design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the "omphalos" (Greek for "navel"), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor's artistic themes, and is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties.
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serp2000 (45970) 2011-06-19 0:00
Amasing capture and impressive art event. Excellent quality, my compliments! An interesting and useful note.
Have a good sunday!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-19 0:29
Excellent idea with these incredible and well deformed reflections which give a very great depht nad too a very plesanat graphic effect.
Have a nice Sunday,
samson (2142) 2011-06-19 1:39
The effect of the Bean on this people is deep , almost like they are worshipping the Bean. The Bean has just landed on Planet Earth!
If they are having fun ...well there is a child in each of us. Wonderful capture.
lousat (98367) 2011-06-19 1:50
Hi Mariusz,a new magic idea like you last,you play very well whit the reflections to create another magic catch-eye! At the top of quality as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2011-06-19 5:03
a different picture from the ones you usually post.
interresting p.o.v. and useful notes as usual.
paololg (31448) 2011-06-19 8:54
Ciao dear Mariusz,
curious and original image of this enormous "bean" that reflects Chicago, as well as is curious this "IO" created by these girls, probably a class of students. A pleasant picture that can be appreciated only with this perfect quality. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
pajaran (66378) 2011-06-19 9:50
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, dogadjaju i skulpturi ...
Dobar trenutak snimka omladine na platou sa refleksom na skulpturi, lepe boje i fotografija.
Dobar ugao i ostrina snimka, dobra kompozicija, moje cestitke na ulovljenom trenutku.
Bardzo ciekawy i dobry artykuł na temat miejsc, zdarzeń i rzeźba ...
Młodzież strzał dobry czas na płaskowyżu z odruchu rzeźby, piękne kolory i obrazy.
Dobry kąt strzału i ostrość, dobra kompozycja, gratulacje dla przechwycony moment.
Sonata11 (34007) 2011-06-19 11:04
co za ciekawe zdjecie. Miales fantastyczny obiekt do zrobienia cudownego zdjecia. Bardzo dobra jakosc zreszta , jak zawsze. Pieknie wykonane zdjecie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
gildasjan (43824) 2011-06-19 12:14
Une image trčs bien composée et ici cette sphčre apporte la bonne touche ŕ cette réalisation.
Fis2 (107518) 2011-06-19 12:58
Niby nic ale cala robote w tym kadrze robi odbicie.
Dobry pomysl i wykonanie.
Super kolory, ostrosc i dziewczyny ;)
Silvio1953 (154217) 2011-06-19 13:29
Ciao Mariusz, lovely composition with fantastic reflections, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
raszid62 (18515) 2011-06-19 13:36
Już kiedyś na jakimś zdjęciu widziałem tą lustrzana chicagowska kulę. Świetnie zlapałeś tą performerską grupę dziewcząt i jej odbicie w okrągłym lustrze kuli. Świetnie wypatrzona i utrwalona scena w doskonałej jakości.
ciakgiak (30433) 2011-06-19 14:41
incredibile e bellissimo al tempo stesso il riflesso che si viene a formare nella grande sfera d'acciaio, hai avuto una grande abilitŕ nella costruzione di questa bella ed interessante scena ai limiti tra il reale e l'irreale.
Complimenti per la grande qualitŕ.
Un caro abbraccio.
fabianoleite (11971) 2011-06-19 20:12
Interesting and creative formation, and you captured it preety well. Congratulations!
josepmarin (58359) 2011-06-19 23:56
this sculpture in the shape of bean is very famous, and is a fantastic mirror to take photos based on the reflections of the fantastic architecture of Chicago, or of the people, as in this case.
The attempt of these young people to write some thing across their position in front of the sculpture, is a very interesting topic to create a very vital, funny and pleasant composition.
It is a good work, I like.
mauro61 (52887) 2011-06-20 0:07
ben ripresa questa immagine dei ragazzi impegnati a scrivere parole con i loro corpi.
Ottimo rapporto tra realtŕ e riflessi e buon uso della luce,
vasilpro (41661) 2011-06-20 7:39
Interesting view, I like the reality and the reflective image of these young people having fun, beautiful festive atmosphere, lovely light and colors, excellent POV and timing, TFS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
geoant68 (331) 2011-06-20 23:43
the view of all these people sitting on the ground and reflected on the silver bean,
make the scene to has so dynamism.A good informative note as a fine image from the daily life of the city.
jhm (161013) 2011-06-21 4:36
I see 'TO' as reflection, or maybe '10' I don't know exactly.
Very nice picture on a wonderful moment.
Splendid with all these young people on the floor.
I like the details, the clarity as the sharpness of the image.
Very well done, TFS.
sacimar (29017) 2011-06-21 4:43
this is a good place to take pictures, the visual effect you see in always interesting, I like the image with all of these people, well seen,
adramad (50002) 2011-06-21 7:35
Very good and different this composition, and had seen a picture of this huge work of art in steel, here with this group of girls trying to create something that reflects the bean, is a lively and dynamic image.
Very good brightness and clarity both as the pretty colors, the girls all look uniform.
Have a nice evening.
UlfE (14641) 2011-06-21 11:33
Wonderful capture. I really enjoy this Artwork photo and I smiled already when I saw the thumbnail. Your choice of perspective is excellent. Maybe a little bit tight cropping, but I understand that it could very difficult in a probably crowded place to get everything perfect. TFS and have a nice evening!
emka (107851) 2011-06-21 23:43
Witaj, Więc jednak zobaczyłeś trochę Chicago. ja tez miałam kiedyś przesiadkę na lotnisku O'Hara, ale nie miałam wtedy wizy amerykańskiej i musiałam kilka godzin spędzić tam bez wychodzenia do miasta. fajny widok, super odbicie w tym fasolowy zwierciadle. I jaka zabawa dla tej grupy panienek. Super scenka.
Waylim (25436) 2011-06-23 8:55
I have seen enough of this subject, and what makes your more interesting is the group of students in front of it, it adds much more fun and energy to this shot. What are they trying to spell a 10 or an IO. the art itself I sure is a good photography subject as well for abstract and more. Good shot.
Graal (103038) 2011-06-23 23:44
fajnie to wyglada, swietnie wypatrzona scenka i uchwycony moment. Zabawne te pokazy z lustrzanym odbiciem. Zdjecie przyjemne w odbiorze mimo pochmurnej pogody.
claudeD (41890) 2011-06-25 9:05
wonderful picture with an excellent compoisition and amazing reflections.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
with regards from Luxembourg
delpeoples (59886) 2011-06-26 10:18
When I enlarge this photo, it is so different from the miniature (or what I thought was the miniature). It's one of the most cleverly composed shots I've seen in a love time. The human element is essential and superb. The reflections and the human shapes are just amazing. I can understand why you spent every second you did at this fascinating place. Congratulations, a real stunner.
Have a good Sunday
Vasa (515) 2011-07-01 16:27
One of your best pictures dear Mariusz! What privilege you had to be there! For models too! All compliments friend, and have the best summer!
aliabazari (16304) 2012-10-12 13:16
Hi Mariusz drogi
Kocham ten piękny i spokojny obraz. Ładnie wykonane kompozycję i ekspozycję. Bardzo dobra rozdzielczość.
Zarejestrowane moje zainteresowanie.
Dziękujemy za rejestrację w tym ładne zdjęcie
npecanhuk (78927) 2012-11-24 3:11
I love this version of yours!
Very well seen and done! Great visual results!
Special regards to the chosen pov, horizontal format, composition and management of light!
TFS - congrats,
fritzi007 (12518) 2013-01-26 1:48
sehenswert diese Reflexionen, die Kleidung der Leute, wirklich gut gearbeitet.
Das ist auch meine Sorge: Irgendwo eine fehlerhafte Verbindung zu Irgendeinen Objekt, und ich kenn die Leute nicht fragen ; wie z.B. in Moskau am Flughafen!
Aber irgendwie geht es doch immer
Dein Foto ist Klasse, perfekt!
CLODO (35956) 2014-09-12 7:58
A fantastic shot due to the Anish Kapoor sculpture but also to the group of young girls (I see only 3 boys!), having the same cloth, and creating 2 letters reflected in the glass.
ikeharel (79263) 2015-01-02 4:28
A fabulous mirror on the group of (mostly) young wemen, in a formation of "IO", Mariusz.
Graet spotted moment and well taken photo on.
Have a nice first 2015 weekend,
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (40139)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-13
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Northern California 2011
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-18 23:37
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