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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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  • Crown fountain was in such a beautiful location. As it was a hot day it was extra nice to sit by the side and enjoy the mist and then relaxation. Watching the fountain change faces and spit water was ...  more »
  • Crown Fountain is an attraction inside the Millennium Park. Two giant fountain structures are erected parallel to each other. You can observe some faces being made in the fountains walls through LED l...  more »
  • Work of art in Millenium park. Great for kids on a warm day. You're allowed to get wet and get into the fountain!  more »
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  • Located in the middle of the concrete jungle of Chicago. LED screen visualizes a changing face situated in the reflective water pond with fountains. Great place to visit with kids. Sure they going to enjoy it.
  • If you have kids that want to play in the fountain it's cool .... Otherwise a walk by is good enough.
  • Absolutely incredible. Dazzling display, and perfect for candid photos. One of my favorite landmarks to visit when I go to Chicago.
  • An evening in summer is best here. Sometimes it is very crowded and one dont get chance to enjoy its beauty.
  • This is a fun free place to let a kid run around in some water on a hot day