Loud Gate is a public sculpture of Sir Anish Kapoor, a British artist born in India. It is the core of AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, Chicago's Loop Community District, Illinois. The sculpture and AT&T Plaza are located at the top of the Park Grill, between Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. This sculpture was built between 2004 and 2006. It was nicknamed the bean because of its shape. Kapoor didn't like the name at first, but he liked it more and more. It is welded from 168 stainless steel plates and has a highly polished appearance with no visible seams. It measures 33 x 66 x 42 feet (10 x 20 x 13 m) and weighs 110 short tons (100 tons; 98 long tons).
It measures 33 x 66 x 42 feet (10 x 20 x 13 meters) and weighs 110 short tons (100 tons; 98 long tons).
Kapoor's design is inspired by liquid mercury, and the surface of the sculpture reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors can walk around under the 12-foot (3.7 m) high Cloud Gate Arch. At the bottom is "omphalos" ("navel" in Greek), which is a cavity that can bend and amplify reflections. The sculpture is based on many of Kapoor's artistic themes and is popular with tourists due to its unique reflective characteristics as an opportunity to take pictures.
The sculpture is the result of a design competition. After Kapoor's design was selected, in addition to the maintenance of the sculpture, there were many technical issues regarding design, construction and assembly. Many experts were consulted, some of whom thought the design could not be implemented. In the end, a feasible method was found, but the construction of the sculpture was behind schedule. When the Millennium Park was grandly opened in 2004, it was unveiled in an incomplete form and was hidden again after completion. Cloud Gate was officially put into use on May 15, 2006, and gained considerable popularity at home and abroad.
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