Millennium Park–Tenth Anniversary

The Chicago Park District is the oldest and largest park district in the U.S. It has the distinction of spending the most per capita on its parks, even more than Boston in terms of park expenses.The Chicago Park District oversees more than 580 parks with over 8,100 acres of parkland as well as 24 beaches, 77 pools, 11 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons and 10 bird and wildlife gardens that are found within the city limits.

Lincoln Park was Chicago’s first large park and Millennium Park is the newest large park. Millennium Park contains a Frank Geary designed band shelter and auditorium and the world famous Cloudgate (The Bean) and the famous Crown Fountain. In addition to many permanent sculptures they bring in temporary installations. These giant heads are on display until December 2015. They were created by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa who also created the Crown Fountain and are there to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Millennium Park.

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Millenium Park Chicago

Millenium Park Chicago

Second City Heads

I know New Yorkers don’t want to believe this but Chicago is called “The Second City” since it rebuilt itself after the Great Chicago Fire. Chicago has many nicknames, The Windy City and The City That Works among them. Theodore Dreiser called it “This Florence of the West”. I love the architecture and public art of Chicago. When I revisited Millennium Park after my daughter’s wedding, I found a wonderful new art installation that will be there for the next year or so. Like all the art in that area it is interesting and spectacular.

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Second City Heads

Second City Heads

Super Soaker

I had never been to Chicago’s Millennium Park in the Summer before and I had only seen the Mosaic “talking” heads in the cold weather. I had no idea it was a fountain. We wandered over there after lunch and hours spent at the Art Institute Museum. I was watching the kids playing in the water when all of sudden this happened and the talking head turned in to a super gobber!

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Chicago’s Millenium Park

Millennium Park is located in the Chicago Loop and best known for it’s world famous structure called Cloud Gate (The Bean). However scattered through the park are other sculptures. The one designed by Frank Geary is not only art but functions as an acoustic band shell for the outdoor amphitheater and concert venue. You can bu a print of this one and see others at my Commercial Gallery.

Millenium Park Chicago

Millenium Park Chicago

A Face in the Crowd

Millenium Park in Chicago is a wonderful park known for the Cloud Gate Sculpture or as locals call it, The Bean. Next to The Bean is a small plaza featuring two gigantic talking heads having a discussion. I have to go back at night. See other pictures from around the world at my commercial site.

Giant Taking Head!

Giant Taking Head!