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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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  • I saw this fountain when I was in downtown Chicago for an event. It is fascinating to stand and watch the faces. It catches you off guard at first. Very creative  more »
  • I came here on a Friday morning before the Art Institute of Chicago opened. There wasn’t any water coming out of the foundation (probably because it was freezing) but there were LED images of faces be...  more »
  • When we visited, the source was not connected so the effect may not have been complete. But it's cool, with glass bricks that reflect a projection. Is close to Cloud Gate. Must-see.
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  • Awesome place to visit. I loved it so much. Those huge led screens with beautiful faces and smiles will give you good memories for many years. Perfect place to come with your family and kids for some cool photos.
  • Free public fountains to cool down in! At night, the fountain towers illuminate and change colors. If you haven't visited, you gotta come! Take some pictures! Tip: If you wear prescription glasses, it would be a great idea to have a soft, dry cloth to wipe your lenses. Your t-shirt or towel can scratch the surface of your lenses.
  • Absolutely beautiful fountain ⛲. It is located in Millennium Park and just a couple hundred feet from the bean. I highly recommend you make time to swing by and check this place out you will be amazed. Lots of folks like to play in the fountain during the Summer months.
  • So beautiful place. Walls with ifferent videos of people faces simulating at the same time water falls from the mouth. You have to visit and watch it.
  • Very cool place to visit, but because it is the winter it isn’t ideal. Still enjoy the scenery, and monuments. Will look forward to come during the summer!
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