Sunday, August 11, 2013

USA day 9 part 1 - Millennium Park

29 Jun - Today marks the first time in many days that we can get up a bit later than usual as we do not need to rush for any pre-booked schedule. Chicago also decides to pick this day to welcome us by shrouding the whole city in a layer of mist. This is nothing to worry about as the mist just makes the landscape more beautiful for our pictures taking! =) After the breakfast at a nearby fast-food restaurant, we set off to explore the Millennium Park.

Roosevelt University - A unique building standing tall in the mist

Chicago city in the background

Buckingham Fountain with Chicago city in the background

Another fountain with an European feel

Beautiful flowers in full bloom

The Great Lawn & the Jay Pritzker Pavilion - The Pavilion stands 120-feet high, with a billowing headdress of brushed stainless steel ribbons that frame the stage opening and connect to an overhead trellis of crisscrossing steel pipes. The trellis supports the sound system, which spans the 4,000 fixed seats and the Great Lawn, which accommodates an additional 7,000 people. This state-of-the-art sound system, the first of its kind in the country, was designed to mimic the acoustics of an indoor concert hall by distributing enhanced sound equally over both the fixed seats and the lawn.

Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean" - Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

Chicago City skyline through the bean

Wrigley Square & Millennium Monument (Peristyle) - The square is anchored by the Millennium Monument (Peristyle), a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953. With its graceful semi-circular row of Doric-style columns that rise nearly 40 feet, the Millennium Monument ties the past to the present and supports the designation of Michigan Avenue as a landmark district. Etched in stone on the base of the Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square are the names of the founders of Millennium Park. These individuals, corporations and foundations provided generous monetary contribution for the creation and conservation of Millennium Park.

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