Photos of Chicago’s Famous Cloud Gate (10 pictures)
Inspired by liquid mercury, the Bean is made of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. Its highly polished exterior has no visible seams and measure 33 x 66 x 42 feet (10 x 20 x 13 m), and weighs 100 tons. On the underside of the sculpture is the omphalos, a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The apex of the omphalos measures 27 feet (8.2 m) above the ground. [Source]
Formally dedicated on May 15, 2006, Cloud Gate is widely considered one of the greatest pieces of public art in the world. At all times the sculpture attracts locals and tourists alike. The highly photogenic art object reflects different characteristics of Chicago’s skyline depending on the viewer’s angle, the time of day and the weather.