The Most Loved Bean in Chicago

This is a picture of the Cloud Gate sculpture (affectionate known as "The Bean") in Chicago's Millennium park. This 33 foot tall stainless steel sculpture reflects the Chicago skyline from the outside, and amuses visitors with a distorted glimpse of themselves while underneath.

You can see more pictures here or at Tricia's Musings.

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Thats strange. I commented yesterday but it didn't go through. Maybe because I added a link to my flickr account?

I was thanking Anita for pointing many of you to my Cloud Gate photos. A few have visited. Thanks!

I have a lot more photos of The bean in my Chicago folder on my flickr account. You can reach it by going to my page and in the left sidebar I have a flickr badge. If you click on it you'll be on my flickr site - just look for the chicago pics from there.

I think I've got about 15 photos of the bean (and I wasn't stopped by the police as I took photos either). Some of the photos were taken underneath and they look really cool. Some even look like ink blots. Check it out if you'd like to.
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i played the bagpipes under it during celtic fest to see if the sound would circle around and "envelop" me. kind of like when you stand in the center of a circular wall and talk (ie: you hear yourself in stereo), but it only seemed to amuse some tourists and piss off my pipe major. oh well.
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If you set up a tripod, you can't take pictures, unless you get a "license" from the Park District.

The artist owns the "rights" to the work and didn't give them up by contract with the City.

When I first saw the plans for this, I was all "This is SOOOO coool!". And, for a change of pace, the reality didn't diminish that feeling - it's still soooo coooool!
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Police were actually stopping anyone with "professional equipment" from snapping photos, claiming the artist has a copyright on the work. There is obviously more than a few things wrong with that, but your average tourist can freely take photos.
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Dan - I went to Chicago twice in 2006 and took photos of Cloud Gate, and the police officers never had a problem with it. Maybe you weren't allowed to take photos of it while it was under construction? Millenium park is a cool place, though - even though Cloud Gate is amazing, I think that Crown Fountain beats all! I've never seen any kid look happier than they are playing at Crown Fountain!
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