Babs makes a run for it

Posted on October 9, 2012


OK, strictly speaking the title is not accurate, but I couldn’t resist. Babs Young spent the weekend in Chicago cheering on her niece Cyndi, who ran a marathon and did very well. Babs herself did a lot of walking and exploring and picture-taking. She writes: Chicago is on Lake Michigan so I think Chicago counts for a picture. It’s a great city with extraordinary Public Art. I love Public Art. This is Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

Now that is not something you see every day, especially in Antrim County.  Babs provided explanatory links from Explore Chicago. It turns out that the face is one of 1,000 portraits of Chicagoans that take turns on two giant LED screens overlooking a reflecting pool.  The artist, Jaume Plensa, was making “a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.”  This is why “water flow[s] through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of water spouting from their mouths.”

Mind you, I like the fountain.  I would like to go see it for myself.  I am just glad that Plensa did not wish to make a reference to the traditional use of little male cherubs.

I’ll just tiptoe away on little cat feet, shall I?