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Crown Fountain, Chicago

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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 and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects, 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 50ft tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces. Construction and design of the Crown Fountain cost $17 million. 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. Both the fountain and Millennium Park are highly accessible because of their universal design.
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  • Public park along Michigan Ave features 2 tall rectangular structures constucted of glass blocks that display the projected images of the faces of ordinary Chicagoans. Periodically, during warmer mont...  more »
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  • I've been there since the opening! I love the idea of a big pictures of person. Later in a spring or summer time, the water will come out of a mouth.
  • Having water only for summer time. Maybe after April. Cause I didn't see when I go on trip last week. But the fact is very interesting!

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