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Interesting Facts About Chicago's Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois. it’s also cold “The Bean”. in this article yu will find some interesting facts about the sculpture.

  • The sculpture was selected during a design competition.
  • Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its bean-like shape.
  • Three-quarters of the sculpture’s external surface reflects the sky and the name refers to it acting as a type of gate that helps bridge the space between the sky and the viewer.. 
  • It was created by using computer technology to cut into precise shapes 168 giant stainless steel plates, which were pieced together like a puzzle and welded shut; its highly polished exterior has no visible seams.
  • The cost for the piece was first estimated at $6 million; this had escalated to $11.5 million by the time the park opened in 2004, with the final figure standing at $23 million in 2006. No public funds were involved; all funding came from donations from individuals and corporations.
  • Kapoor was inspired by liquid mercury.
  • Cloud Gate measures 10 by 20 by 13 meters (33 by 66 by 42 feet), and weighs 100 tonnes (110 US tons).
  • Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley declared the day of the sculpture’s dedication, May 15, 2006, to be “Cloud Gate Day”.
  • The lower 1.8 meters (6 feet) of the sculpture’s surface is wiped down twice a day by hand using a surface cleaning solvent that gets rid of fingerprints, oiliness, dew streaks and other dirt that accumulates on the Cloud Gate which is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors every day.
  • In addition, the entire sculpture is cleaned and washed twice a year with 150 liters (40 US gallons) of liquid detergent. This process calls for the use of specialized equipment and safety features.
  • Cloud Gate appeared in several films including The Break-Up, Source Code, Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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