Thursday, August 25, 2005

It's a Bean! - Big Tent Gives Birth (Again) to Kapoor's Cloud Gate after Prolonged Labor

After being under wraps since January, Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park is again being unveiled for public viewing, this time with most of the seams visible at the time of the park's grand opening last July now polished away. leaving a spectacular uninterrupted. curving mirrored surface. The cost of the sculpture has now officially risen to $19,000,000, more than double the original estimate, and it's still not complete. Beginning in October, its underside will be closed off from the public view to polish away the last exposed seams. Public access, currently curtailed to remove the tent, scaffolding, and clean up the podium, is scheduled to be restored by Sunday, August 28th. See more photographs of Cloud Gate's unveiling here. Read Emily Nunn's Chicago Tribune story on ironworker Danny Kozyra and how he and his colleagues created "The Bean"'s surface here.

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