In September, I ended an eight month study-trip through Europe. My last stop was Chicago to see Millennium Park and Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (The Bean). This was a special ending because it was a real life example of my thesis topic: engaging and playful place making in public space. This park used art as an interactive attraction.
I sat and watched the kids playing and adults chatting and interacting with the space but more importantly with each other. The park provided a venue for people to relax, and take a moment to take a break. The art had transformed the space: Millennium Park was a destination for social activity.
|Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa|
|The kids LOVE this water plane!|
|Cloudgate by Anish Kapoor|
|A reflection of the city - the object starts to disappear and the subject becomes the individual|
|A constant exchange of people|
|Frank Gehry's Jay Fischer Pavilion across from the Bean|
|Jeanne Gang's Aqua Tower|
|Carbide and Carbon Building by Durnham Brother's, the sons of Chicago's famous Daniel Burnham|
|Chicago's Architecture Tour via boat ride|