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    Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Anish Kapoor in Millennium Park, Chicago. The sculpture is shaped like an ellipse, and its legume-like appearance has caused it to be nicknamed “The Bean”. It is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates, and stands at 33 feet high, 66 feet long, and 42 feet wide, weighing 110 tons. From a distance it could be mistaken for a huge drop of mercury, while up close its highly reflective surface captures and transforms the skyline, the downtown cityscape and even the passers-by into a wonderfully warped new vista. The artist, Anish Kapoor, has referred to the sculpture as “a gate to Chicago, a poetic idea about the city it reflects.” The 12-foot underbelly is called the “omphalos” or navel and multiplies reflections in a vortex.

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    1. Chyn_ 57 months ago | reply

      Awesome. A compact, yet detailed view of Chicago.

    2. rtharrison86 57 months ago | reply

      Oh cool, the cloud gate look bizarre in the Polar projection, do you have a 360 version?

    3. By Anita Larsen 57 months ago | reply

      I looooove this! Quite possibly the most interesting Bean pic I have ever seen.

    4. RedCat_7 57 months ago | reply

      Seen on Explore! Great image.

    5. anjoyplanet 57 months ago | reply

      INSTANT FAV !
      i really love this feeling of anti-gravity and flying ;-)
      Thank you !!!

    6. Sprock...nRoll 57 months ago | reply

      Fantastic Planet . Wish I could do these.

    7. NicholasUK 57 months ago | reply

      Superb, fav'ed. Lot of effort I suspect but well worth it. Thanks for sharing.

    8. Rickard Nilsson 57 months ago | reply

      Thats awesome:P

    9. voyager7000 57 months ago | reply

      bellissima e curiosa come sempre!!!

    10. Sean Porto 57 months ago | reply

      how do you do this. I've been wondering for a while? do you need a fisheye?

    11. hh96 57 months ago | reply

      really wonderful!
      I've a soft-spot for stereographic, i'd like to learn to make it as well a day!

    12. demillej 56 months ago | reply

      Bill, another great shot. Shows what skill and imagination can do.

    13. Kleiobird 56 months ago | reply

      Fabulous. Like a cartoon ;-)

    14. Steven Lundberg 56 months ago | reply

      Most excellent William!

    15. beckstei 52 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chicago Bean - Cloud Gate Images, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. noprayer4dying 43 months ago | reply

      superb planetoid

    17. © Sam.Seyffert 37 months ago | reply

      Brilliant stuff! I haven't got a clue how you managed to do this? Is it a number of fisheye photograps stitched together? Really amazing!

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