Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish
Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within
the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture and AT&T
Plaza are located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and
McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Constructed between 2004 and 2006,
the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its legume-like shape.
Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly
polished exterior has no visible seams. It is 33 feet by 66 feet by 42
feet (10 m × 20 m × 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (99.8 t; 98.2 long
tons). Kapoor's design was inspired by liquid mercury and the
sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors
are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot (3.7 m) high
arch. On the underside is the omphalos, a concave chamber that warps
and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor's
artistic themes, although many tourists simply view the sculpture and
its unique reflective properties as a photo-taking opportunity.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
As the seven-year old Leo II was deemed too young to rule, his father
Zeno was crowned as the co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
After no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes,
the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams
President of the United States.
William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director in Holyoke,
Massachusetts, USA, invented a game called Mintonette, which evolved
into volleyball .
The Spitsbergen Treaty was signed, recognizing Norwegian sovereignty
over the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, but all signatories were also
given equal rights to engage in commercial activities on the islands.
World War II: Allied forces declared Guadalcanal secure, ending the
Guadalcanal Campaign as a significant strategic victory for Allied
forces fighting Japan in the Pacific War.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. A state of disquiet, uneasiness, or anxiety.
2. A fear or an instance of uneasiness
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be
beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will
not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind.
And it is just this faith of mine that they laugh at. But how can I
help believing it? I have seen the truth — it is not as though I had
invented it with my mind, I have seen it, seen it, and the living image
of it has filled my soul for ever.