One of the odder pieces of public art in Chicago are the Crown Fountain, located smack in the middle of downtown and an anchor point of Millennium Park. Two giant square columns, built of what looks like glass bricks, face one another across a stone courtyard. Different faces appear on the sides that face each other, and a stream of water flows out of the mouths and fill the center courtyard so people can dance around in the water.
I’m not actually sure what to think about them. They’ve been there for a few years now, and are, I suppose, a fixture of the city. They’re certainly eye-catching. They’re right along Michigan Avenue, north of the Art Institute and catty-corner to the Chicago Cultural Center (which is the building with the columns behind the fountain in the above picture).
The city has many art installations thanks to our previous mayor, Richard M. Daley. The entirety of Millennium Park was built under his administration, and the new Maggie Daley Park was recently completed and opened to the public. I’m not sure what I feel about the face fountains, but I like the fact that they have pictures of all different kinds of people, from kids to senior citizens, and all different ethnic backgrounds. While it may not precisely be my cup of tea art-wise, it’s something to talk about in the city and it attracts tourists from all over – which you can also see from the above picture.
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