Posts tagged ‘Claire Bunschsoten’

February 4, 2012

Millenium Park – Claire Bunschoten

Chicago’s Millenium Park, a section of Grant Park, is home to many public art installations. Perhaps the most recognizable of these is the Cloud Gate┬ádesigned by artist Anish Kapoor.

I grew up in Oak Park, IL a technical “western suburb” of Chicago. But with two “L” lines and the Eisenhower Expressway bisecting town, it is difficult for me to admit that I am not a Chicagoan.

“The Bean,” as Kapoor’s sculpture has been nicknamed, is interesting to me in that as the individual interacts with the sculpture, the individual sacrifices their autonomy and becomes part of the community engaging with the same piece of art. The Bean does not discriminate. It takes all–buildings, people, sky–and bounces back their reflections.

Engaging with the sculpture means different things for different people. Some will pinpoint themselves from a far while kids, both hands planted firmly on the stainless steel, will stare at their reflection. Teenagers, girls especially, seem to love walking under the Bean and photographing their multiple reflections. But again, while the Bean can seem personal, there is also a sense of a larger, communal interaction.

When I last visited the Bean in January, a couple was taking their wedding photos in front of the sculpture. And by doing so, that couple invited all that were present in the reflection of the Bean to share in the intimacy of their wedding. Years from now they’ll look back at those photos and there I will be, a tiny blob of stranger.