The polished shine of Chicagoâ€™s Cloud Gate sculpture captivates visitors to Millennium Park.
Nicknamed â€œThe Bean,â€ British artist Anish Kapoorâ€™s sculpture design was inspired by liquid mercury.
Weighing nearly 100 ton, 168 highly polished stainless steel plates with no visible seams create The Bean.Â Its surface reflects and distorts Chicagoâ€™s skyline.
Visitors walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12 foot arch. On the underside, a concave chamber known as the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), warps and multiplies reflections.
AsÂ you walk around The Bean, its unique reflective properties distortÂ your reflections like a fun-house mirror.