Cloud Gate

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It’s unusual to have Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture – or the Bean, as it is affectionately known – to oneself.

Located in Millennium Park, the Bean is extremely popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties. It was the reason I was there at sunrise on this particular Monday morning. Unfortunately, the rising sun was masked by a thick layer of pale gray clouds – there would be no golden light and blue skies to play off its shiny silver surfaces.

But still – there were the sinuous curves and kaleidoscope effects and the Windy City, reflected.

And it was all mine.

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Posted on July 17, 2014, in Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. What a great photo op. No people.

  2. I’ve been to the Bean many times, but never without people. You’ve really done it justice here.

  3. Oh, I would love to see this! I know you must have been thrilled to have it to yourself! Fantastic shots! My favorite is the third one!

  4. Wow, amazed you got it to yourself. When we went there it was crazy with tourists. Figured it was like that all the time.

  5. Wow! That is so cool. What fun to have it all to yourself! You got some great images — the third one is my fave too.

  6. Oh, wow, Brenda!!! That first image gave me goosebumps as I scrolled down and the “bean” suddenly came into view with its surprise reflection. And the last one is just awesome! It looks like an enormous bubble, an alien spacecraft, or a hole into another time and place. Amazing!

  7. So smart to get there early. Too bad about the clouds. I especially like the 3rd and 4th images: the distortion in the 3rd looks good against the regular buildings, and one doesn’t know what it causing the distortion. The 4th is subtle, sort of sneaks up on me.

  8. These are wonderful, Brenda, and how fortunate you were to have it all to yourself!

  9. So nice to see this from Your perspective, through Your lens.

  10. I can see why “the bean” is so popular. I’m sure most people have a great time snapping selfies and laughing at the reflections of themselves and others. But your early morning arrival allowed “the bean” to show off its more artistic side. (Love the 3rd photo in the series–the bent buildings are interesting, but I really like the contrast between the ultramodern style of the bean and the more traditional and historic buildings admiring themselves in its reflection.)

  11. stunning, great to get there early before people, such a great reflective surface. Beautiful photos.

  12. These are simply stunning!

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