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A mother and son gaze towards a look of peace

On a spring Chicago day...I went to the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park at high noon and got very lucky to capture this fleeting moment. No one else was walking around and even the cement looked soft. A mother and son walking slowly looking up at a video image of a child's peaceful expression displayed on one of two 50-foot glass block towers. Amidst all the city pandemonium this image provides a feeling of peace of inner solitude which can only be captured with a picture.

 

The exhibit is designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out. Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

 

The fountain’s water features operate during the year between mid-spring and mid-fall, while the images remain on view year-round.

 

Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the north and Monroe Street to the south.

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Taken on April 13, 2010