WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REFLECTIONS – on Chicago’s Cloud Gate

Anish Kapoor's masterpiece

Anish Kapoor’s masterpiece

I reflected short and hard, trying to think of artworks which have become icons of the city lucky or foresighted enough to have installed them.

Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Manneken Pis in Brussels, the Statue of Liberty…um…can anyone think of any others? The Christ of the Andes…that’s about it.

I really believe Chicago has cracked the elusive jackpot with Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate.

Since it was unveiled in 2006 ‘The Bean’ has become the city’s most recognisable landmark; something to be included in every tourist brochure and a ‘must be photographed standing next to in a witty pose’ for every visitor to the windy city.

It struck me as a good subject for this Weekly Photo Challenge.

The omphalos beneath.

The omphalos beneath.

Seagull

I suppose each evening a team of cleaners with squeegee bottles wipes away the handprints.

I suppose each evening a team of cleaners with squeegee bottles wipes away the handprints…and the other stuff.

Omphalos

Egg

Well done, Mr Kapoor - we love it!

Well done, Mr Kapoor – we love it!

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29 responses to “WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: REFLECTIONS – on Chicago’s Cloud Gate

  1. Perfect. My first thought was also about how they manage to keep that smudge free!

  2. It is an amazing surface – I have a polished stainless steel sink but it’s never clean enough to be a tourist attraction.

  3. Great study in reflections!

  4. Perfect for the challenge, one could spend hours creating and photographing reflections on that sculpture.

  5. Great photos!
    Aside: That piece is such vandalism candy. I wonder how they keep it so pristine…

  6. It reminds me of the spaceship out of the movie ‘Flight of the Navigator’

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  8. Ultra-Surreal Images via the Reflections!…The Camera is indeed Ur Friend,TY

  9. The beautiful Bean. I love it.

  10. Did you ever get around to starting your book on Amsterdam reflections?

    • Andrew, one reason to start blogging was to get myself started on regular daily writing about our travel adventures, with the idea of doing a book at the end of it.

      Instead the blog has taken on a life of its own. But maybe some time…

      • That is what is totally happening to me!!! I love your photographs. That is the most unusual work of art I’ve ever seen. A brilliant piece from the design of the sculpture itself to what it becomes when it reflects its surroundings!

        I think because blogging is so dependent on photographs, and it takes so long to take them, choose the few to post from the many, many taken, and get them ready to go online, that we are already hours into a post before we ever have time to write on a book. the book is not half so much fun to write anyway because it doesn’t usually include photographs. Then after it is all ready and posted, people comment, and you HAVE to respond to comments. Finally, to be fair, you have to then go and comment on others’. All that is amazingly time-consuming, and tremendously fun! Bye-bye book. :) Thanks for sharing!!

  11. This is such a peculiar/stunning/playful work of art – I hope I get to see it in real life one day!

  12. I want to go back to Chicago, but I think I’ll wait for spring. There would be too much white in the photos now, right? (plus it’s harder to take photos with your mitts on.)

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  18. These are fantastic shots… finally catching up. :-)

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