Crown Fountain (Chicago, Il) : Context view looking northwest, showing both lateral towers

Creator:
Plensa, Jaume, 1955-
Published/Created:
Millennium Park at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Streets, Chicago, Illinois, United States
1999-2004
Physical Description:
50 ft (height)
Date Depicted:
8/15/2006
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
glass block
LED video screens
Notes:
Crown Fountain, named in honor of Chicago's Crown family, was designed by Catalan conceptual artist Jaume Plensa, and is the first of its kind in the world. Transparent glass block bricks are used to build two 50-foot (15 m) towers standing at either end of a long, black granite plaza submerged under an eighth of an inch layer of water. Behind the glass bricks are high-tech LED video screens. When the screens are illuminated they show the faces of nearly a thousand individual Chicagoans, which showcases the vast diversity of the city. Playing on the theme of historical fountains based around gargoyles with water coming through the open mouth of the creature, each video includes specific moments where the person purses his or her lips and water spouts from a point in the display, such that it appears as if the person is spitting the water out. This happens roughly every five minutes, and there is also a continuous stream of water that cascades over the images. [The water is on from mid-spring through mid-fall each year (weather permitting,) while the images remain on year-round.]
Variant Titles:
Millennium Park: Crown Fountain
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-3-A1
Genre:
fountains (AAT)
interactive art (AAT)
public art (AAT)
sculpture (AAT)
video art (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Films, Video Testimonies & Lectures
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:
contemporary (1960 to present); portraits; Fountains; parks (recreation areas); towers; waterfall; waterspout; faces; wading pool construction ; photography built works; hydraulic structures; water distribution structures; fountains; visual works
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:
10160749
PID:
digcoll:1853914