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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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  • October 4, 2017
    The fountain is actually two large rectangular pieces over 30 feet tall with with multi piece video screens that are integrated to show one picture. Each of the screens show faces of different people ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    If you didn't know, you could miss this Plensa artwork in Millenium Park. It's a little off to the side near the main street. I knew about this world renown artist and was happy I didn't miss this ama...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I always stop by this place from 15 minutes or so. Its fun to watch the kids waiting in anticipation for the fountains to squirt out water and then playing under it.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    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
  • April 14, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    If you have kids that want to play in the fountain it's cool .... Otherwise a walk by is good enough.
  • June 30, 2017
    Except for the creepy emotionless face, I like everything about this place. Exciting water falls and interesting geometry.
  • April 19, 2017
    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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