Cloud Gate: The 110-Ton “Bean” Sculpture in the Heart of Chicago

Cloud Gate Chicago

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Inspired by liquid mercury, Cloud Gate is a 110-ton elliptical sculpture of highly polished stainless steel plates. Designed by internationally acclaimed Indian-born British artist, Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate is a huge tourist attraction in the heart of downtown Chicago. Its mirror-like surface reflects the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch acts as a sort of gate and welcomes visitors into the curved chamber beneath the sculpture.

Sometimes referred to as “The Bean” because of its similar shape, this sculpture was Kapoor's first permanent public outdoor work of art in the United States. It is considered one of the largest of permanent outdoor art installations in the world, measuring 66 feet long by 33 feet high, and commonly considered one of the artist’s most famous works of art.

Learn more about Cloud Gate, one of Chicago’s most popular sights.

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Claudicet Pena

Claudicet Pena is a Contributing Writer and Project Manager for My Modern Met. In 2005, she attended the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University where she studied Business and Marketing. Later in her career, she found herself teaching yoga and meditation full-time, earning the title “Best Yoga Teacher 2016” by Best Self Atlanta Magazine. Claudicet is currently based in Boston, combining her passions for art, writing, and business development. As a creative at heart, she devotes time to her own outlets of yoga, meditation, writing, drawing, and painting. Claudicet also shares her love of arts & culture with her daughter as they explore the city and travel abroad. Explore along with them on Instagram: @claudipena.
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