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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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  • At times with an original idea but simply the result is satisfactory! I was there in the summer and see kids splashing around in the waters that come out of the mouth of the people depicted on the screen was a great experience! recommend spending a few minutes even for a stopover
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  • Just sat on the benches to watch the fountains spew water out onto the crowd. Both towers change their pictures after the water spouts out. Not sure how many there are but it was fun seeing them chang...  more »
  • It was fun to watch the faces change on the fountains. Many people were having fun playing in the water but we didn't try that.  more »
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  • It was quite crowded but the kids enjoyed it a lot. We went on a very hot/humid day so it was a great way for them to refresh. Note that the floor gets slippery. Our 3 year old got a bit hurt after a fall but the bigger kids seemed to have no problems. Can't recall if barefoot or certain kind of footwear is better. Visited September 2015
  • 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.
  • Except for the creepy emotionless face, I like everything about this place. Exciting water falls and interesting geometry.
  • Absolutely incredible. Dazzling display, and perfect for candid photos. One of my favorite landmarks to visit when I go to Chicago.

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