Cloud Gate (Chicago, Il) : Context view looking northwest

Creator:
Kapoor, Anish, 1954-
Published/Created:
Millennium Park; AT&T Plaza [formerly SBC Plaza], Chicago, Illinois, United States
1999-2005
Physical Description:
33 x 42 x 66 ft
Date Depicted:
8/15/2006
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
steel: stainless steel (welded panels)
Notes:
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 the city'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. "What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline...so that one will see the clouds kind of floating in, with those very tall buildings reflected in the work. And then, since it is in the form of a gate, the participant, the viewer, will be able to enter into this very deep chamber that does, in a way, the same thing to one's reflection as the exterior of the piece is doing to the reflection of the city around." -Anish Kapoor
Variant Titles:
Millennium Park: Cloud Gate
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- United States -- 21st century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Twenty-first century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
2A2-US-CH-MP-4-A3
Genre:
interactive art (AAT)
public art (AAT)
sculpture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
abstraction or non-objective; contemporary (1960 to present); parks (recreation areas); entry; portal; gate; reflective metalworking visual works; sculpture (visual work)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Three
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
8/15/2006
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10160776
PID:
digcoll:1832877