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12-OCT-2006 Jyothi Karthik Raja

The Crown Fountain, Chicago by Jaume Plensa

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Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa and inspired by the people of Chicago, The Crown Fountain is a
major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection.

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The
towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the
traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open
mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out. Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of
Chicago citizens projected on LED screens and having water flow through a water outlet in the screen
to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to
Chicagoans, was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

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