The Photographic Diversity of Chicago’s Famous ‘Bean’

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Nicknamed the Bean, it is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Inspired by liquid mercury, the Bean is made of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. Its highly polished exterior has no visible seams and measure 33 x 66 x 42 feet (10 x 20 x 13 m), and weighs 100 tons. On the underside of the sculpture is the omphalos, a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The apex of the omphalos measures 27 feet (8.2 m) above the ground. [Source]
Formally dedicated on May 15, 2006, Cloud Gate is widely considered one of the greatest pieces of public art in the world. At all times the sculpture attracts locals and tourists alike. The highly photogenic art object reflects different characteristics of Chicago’s skyline depending on the viewer’s angle, the time of day and the weather.
It’s larger than life, interactive and a joy to experience. It’s also a photographer’s dream, offering countless ways to compose and frame it. Below you will find a series of amazing photographs that demonstrate just how diverse the images of Cloud Gate can be.

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Millennium Park: The Bean
Photograph by Jackman Chiu

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cloud gate anish kapoor chicago bean sculpture (1)
Photograph by Sergey Gabdurakhmanov

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Cloudgate cross-process
Photograph by Chris Coleman

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Untitled
Photograph by Stefan Georgi

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cloud gate anish kapoor chicago bean sculpture (2)
Photograph by Thomas Hawk | thomashawk.com

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cloud gate anish kapoor chicago bean sculpture (3)
Photograph by ZL-Photography | Facebook

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cloud gate anish kapoor chicago bean sculpture (4)
Photograph by Thomas Hawk | thomashawk.com

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cloud gate anish kapoor chicago bean sculpture (5)
Photograph by Mike Warot | Blog

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Photograph by @MPCWatkins

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The Magical Bean
Photograph by Brian Koprowski | briankoprowski.com

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cloud gate anish kapoor chicago bean sculpture (6)
Photograph by Mike Warot | Blog

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8/365 The Bean
Photograph by Jörg Dornblut | Blog

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