CLOUD GATE

Millennium Park

CLOUD GATE

CLOUD GATE

Millennium Park

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Writer: David Catlin
Actor: David Schwimmer

Produced with Lookingglass

At once monumental and inviting, Cloud Gate is one of Chicago’s most popular attractions. The artwork invites public participation and beckons the passer-by to step inside.

As its sculptor, Anish Kapoor, explains, ‘the work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint. Without your involvement as a viewer, there is no story.’ Kapoor named this colossal sculpture ‘Cloud Gate’ for a simple reason — 80 percent of its surface reflects the sky. Despite having Cloud Gate as its official name, however, Chicagoans have affectionately nicknamed the sculpture ‘The Bean.’

Made of 100 tons of polished stainless steel, Cloud Gate appears to float over the AT&T Plaza with an extraordinary sense of lightness. Its underside presents an omphalos (Greek for ‘navel’), a concave chamber which offers viewers distorted perspectives of themselves.

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Funded by
Richard H Driehaus Foundation

Supported by
Chicago Parks District