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Crown Fountain, Chicago

Categories: Fountains, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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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  • One of my favourite places in Chicago. A prodigiou of imagination,art,enginiery and amusement by the catalan artiste Jaume Plensa.A place to relax and enjoy!! 
  • Crown Fountain, without which transmit screen images and from time to time, throw water at the mouth of the image. On hot days the kids do the party in the water. Nice for sightseeing, Park Millennium free attachment.
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  • A fun place very near to Millennium Park/Cloud Gate. If it is summer then your kid will simply love it. No entry Fee, open to all. 
  • 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.
  • Located in the Millenium Park is a fun attraction to cool off in the summer. Within walking distance from most public transportation. Parking is available for a price. As a tourist all of Chicago downtown is a delight like the Crown Fountain.
  • 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.
  • My kids had a blast splashing each other in between the two faces. The bench surrounding the fountain provided a piece of mind knowing your children are visible most times. A great option for those peak heat days.
  • This is a must visit photo opportunity for anyone living or visiting Chicago. You'll see first hand the stunning work that captures hundreds of local Chicago residents in a perpetual state of observation.
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