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June 8, 2013

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Cloud Gate (The Bean) Millennium Park – Reflections of Chicago

by Jason Dutton-Smith

I cherish those moments travelling when you stumble upon a place that really peaks your interest, stops you dead in your tracks and makes you say ‘wow’. Cloud Gate, in Chicago, more affectionately known locally as ‘The Bean’ certainly achieved this.

On a recent visit to the States, we spent three glorious days in Chicago, Illinois. This post is a city pictorial of Chicago through the reflections ‘The Bean’. Enjoy!

North edge of Millennium Park next to Grant Park. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

North edge of Millennium Park reflecting the city scape. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Showing the 'Bean' as a whole; construction was between 2004-2006. Almost a giant snow-dome. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Showing the ‘Bean’ as a whole; construction was between 2004-2006. Almost a giant snow-dome. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Cloud Gate is constructed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Constructed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together and finished smooth. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith


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Edge of The Bean. Measurements are 33x66x42 feet. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Edge of The Bean. Measurements are 33x66x42 feet. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Cloud Gate weighs an incredible 98 tonne. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Cloud Gate weighs an incredible 98 tonne. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

The design was inspired by liquid mercury. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

The design by Anish Kapoor was inspired by liquid mercury. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

A unique photo opportunity to tilt and distort the city buildings. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

A unique photo opportunity to tilt and distort the city buildings. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

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