It’s not easy to create an icon for a city, but Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor has done it for Chicago.
His giant chrome sculpture Cloud Gate, constructed between 2004-2006, is fast becoming the most instantly identifiable symbol of the town. No longer just the city of Al Capone, Frank Lloyd Wright and Barak Obama, Chicago is becoming the city of the Big Shiny Bean.
I’d seen a lot of photos of this work, but nothing does it justice. Like Ayers Rock/Uluru, you have to see it up close to understand how extraordinary it is.
I read that the artist not only hates its nickname, but was also dissatisfied with its site. It was intended to go in the nearby garden, reflecting nature below and the clouds above.
On its present site, it reflects the city skyline and, sorry Mr Kapoor, that seems appropriate.
It is a wonderful thing to me that a work of art can so capture the imagination of the public. People will come from all over the world to see this.
The writer was the guest of Chicago Tourism and Culture.