Travel Magazine

The Crown Fountain Chicago

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

As summer approaches, taking advantage of Chicago’s outdoor activities and attractions is a must.

Crown Fountain is back and running, and it never fails to entertain as it continues to showcase authentic forms of art: the faces of real Chicagoans.

For those of you who haven’t visited Crown Fountain, here’s what you should know.

Guide to Crown Fountain Chicago

What is Crown Fountain?:
According to the City of Chicago website, Crown Fountain is an interactive, double-sided, 50′ high fountain composed of two glass-brick towers with mixed media, including light, LED display, and water. It also contains a shallow 232′ long, black granite pool. It features about 1,000 real Chicagoans’ faces.

What does it do?:
During the day, it displays video of Chicagoans’ faces. It shows a face for about fives minutes. Once they purse their lips, water streams from the face and showers those standing beneath it. Each face is computer-generated randomly. While transitioning between each face, the fountain turns black. At night, the fountain glows in various colors.

How were the faces chosen?:
The featured faces are of people from various organizations and range from many different age groups.

Location:
Millennium Park | 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago (Between Michigan Ave and Columbus Ave)
Crown Fountain is located in Millennium Park among other famous art pieces including the Cloud Gate (better known as “The Bean”) and the Boeing Galleries.

Hours:
6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Admission:
Free

Artist:
Jaume Plensa

The Barcelona, Spain native is a world-renowned sculptor.  Plensa is known for his integrated sculptures including typical materials like glass, steel, bronze, and aluminum, as well as unique media including water, light, sound, and video. The City of Chicago’s website also describes Plensa’s works as pieces that include intricate energy and psychology and have the goal to evoke emotions and stimulate intellectual engagement. Plensa’s works, especially Crown Fountain, encourages viewer participation.
The fountain was built by Kruech + Sexton and Crystal Fountains.

So, if you’re looking for an interactive piece of art that can both entertain and cool you off, Crown Fountain is your next Chicago destination!

Learn more about Crown Fountain and other Millennium Park art and architecture here.

Share your favorite memories at Crown Fountain with us below!


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Video: Climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite

    Video: Climbing Nose Capitan Yosemite

    Thanks to the recent speed record set by Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, there has been a lot of talk about The Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite recently. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS
  • Paper Fix | Pop-up Card

    Paper Pop-up Card

    greenhouse pop-up card | terrain Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Ofpaperandthings
    HOME, LIFESTYLE
  • Finding Your Own Yoga

    Finding Your Yoga

    by NinaKitchereeIf you carefully read the Yoga Sutras cover to cover and learn about what the eight-fold path really entails, you would realize—and maybe you... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Ninazolotow
    FITNESS, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING
  • Bad Fruit is Bad

    Fruit

    Yesterday I wrote about the wind, meaning, the Spirit, blowing where it will. I wrote of how we can't see the wind at the time but we can see its effects. One o... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Elizabethprata
    SOCIETY, SPIRITUALITY
  • Supermarine Seafire F.XV

    Supermarine Seafire F.XV

    @ Oshkosh, WI July 2010 My first Seafire sighting, seen at 2010 Oshkosh Airventure.  The number of articulating bits on this aircraft are certainly impressive. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • The Eyecicle • Temperature Cooling, Anti-Aging Beauty Device

    Eyecicle Temperature Cooling, Anti-Aging Beauty Device

    Facial massagers have become a popular beauty buy of late and even though they have been around for years and used in many a facial treatment, they have become... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Kellilash
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Karakoram Summer 2018: Individual Expeditions to Keep an Eye On

    Karakoram Summer 2018: Individual Expeditions Keep

    Yesterday we shared a few updates from the Karakoram about the current status of a few teams that have already started to arrive on their respective mountains. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS

Magazine