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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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TripAdvisor
  • On a beautiful day, this is a great place to enjoy the skyline, people watch and enjoy a very unique piece of interactive art. A really fun place to experience.  more »
  • We stopped to take pictures after a concert along with the bean. it was dark outside which was great because in the bean you could see the lights of all the tall buildings in the background.  more »
  • A nice area of open space with fountains. This is near 'The Bean' another fun sculpture.Would be really fun on a hot day, but we were not so lucky. Good to see nonetheless - different.  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!