The winter gate

When I visited Chicago the last time, the sculpture by Anish Kapoor called “Cloud Gate” had not yet been installed, and I had not come across any work by Anish Kapoor. In the years between one began to hear more about him. I saw his monumental sculptures on a visit to Seoul where, coincidentally, the Samsung Gallery of Art, Leeum, had an exhibition of his works. The Family and I wandered through his sculptures, and loved his play with space.

Cloud Gate, sculpture by Anish Kapoor, Chicago

So, trying to keep myself awake in order to beat jet lag on my first day in Chicago, I walked down Michigan Avenue to the Millennium park, and climbed the stairs next to the skating rink to look at the bean-shaped piece. The little plaza was full of people looking at it. Among all the public art that I’ve come across, this seems to be the one which invites most interaction. People walk through it and stare at their own reflection. I walked around it slowly and took photos, some of which you see here.