LOOK OUT! CHICAGO’S CROWN FOUNTAIN

The Art Institute of Chicago has been a major world, as well as national, art museum for a long time now. Quite recently, however, it commissioned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, to produce a sculptural installation on the grounds of its property; and, believe it or not, with this step it just might have outdone itself! The work comprises a pair of glass towers, fifty feet in height, at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. Each of them is geared to emit streams of water from myriad points of their surface. In addition to that, they involve videos of faces, covering the entire surface of the sides facing each other.
The artist claims to be absorbed with gargoyles and their delivery of runoff from their mouths. Thereby its portraiture of residents of Chicago would seem to feature a more benign version of the caricatures often seen in ancient structures.
The first instance entails a calm face in its perfectly harmonizing with Spring greenery and a lovely sky.
From this perspective the dynamics emanating from the waterfalls establish an elemental source from which the face and any other incidents take their full stature.

The fixture does show a simplified energy whereby the primacy of motion reduces people and objects to abbreviated offshoots.

Inasmuch as the site of discoveries very much engages visitors, either passing through or hanging in, dynamic ensembles are the order of the day.

                                            A homage, thereby, to the wellspring.

The nearby skyscrapers also become part of this quite amazing orchestration.

                                                                       Here I am!
Do you notice something doubly strange going on here? There is what seems to be a later edition, concerned with upping the ante. Is that a corpse in the grass? How many of you are lead by this manifestation to think of the film, Blow-Up?

                                                     Mystery and the mundane…

                                             Those girls know how to get over it!

                                           A happy face, and an attentive seagull.

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