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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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  • Millennium.Park 公園內, 值得介紹的去處多不勝舉. 但首先要提到的是 The Crown Fountain, 這地方是觀光客和當地居民大家一起嬉水的大型長方形淺戲水池. 由西班牙藝術家Jaume Plensa設計的兩座長柱型噴泉, 50呎高的玻璃液晶螢幕顯示著取鏡自1000名市民的臉譜, 而螢幕每隔4-5分改变臉貌, 忽男忽女, 忽老忽少, 十分有趣. 春季中旬到秋天, 每天大約有...  more »
  • It takes up a lot of park real estate and I don't get the appeal of the art work for 3-4 months out of the year. It's very cool, during the warm months because of the water that shoots out, but it's t...  more »
  • Nice place to visit on a hot day. There's always kids playing in the water to cool off so don't expect it to be somewhere you can go to relax. It's fun to see the faces change, especially if one of th...  more »
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  • What a great idea, two giant towers that act as fountains. There are a lot of children running around while their parents enjoy the sprinkle from the gaming water to keep them cool on those hot days. The towers are nice and have images projected on them from time to time, a great idea for people to spend the afternoon.
  • A really amazing use of public space. It's fun to watch the young and old alike frolicking in the water. The images (faces) are interesting to look at and interact with with display perfectly. Bring clothing you don't mind getting wet.
  • Very fun little area to splash around in in the summer or to just sit and enjoy. Everybody seems to have a great time in the area.
  • Sadly, it's under construction. The trees are beautiful, though.
  • If you love people watching, this is the spot! It's also fun watching the Crown Fountains change faces and spit out water!