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Summer at the Crown Fountain, Millennium Park, Chicago

The Crown Fountain designed by Catalan sculpture Jaume Plensa is one of the popular attractions in Chicago's Millennium Park. The fountain consists of a pair of 50-foot glass-brick towers facing each other across a black granite plaza with water cascading down their sides. At regular intervals, the flow of water over the inside face of each tower is interrupted as a giant LED screen behind the glass brick displays the face of one of the 1,000 Chicagoans filmed for the installation. Each face appears for about 15 minutes and periodically the face will purse his/her lips as water pours from a spout creating an illusion that the person is spitting water into the plaza below. The space between the towers is bathed in an eight of an inch of water, deep enough to reflect the images and shallow enough for people to walk across to interact with the fountain or a soak under the cascading water and/or spout. After the spout, a rush of water falls down on the block faces ... to the delight of the children who invariably would stand under the deluge ... as best exemplified by David Sidwells, The Zone or in this photograph.

Only kids have that joie de vivre to play in a fountain like this! Or maybe some occasional adults too, but really, kids are just wonderful.

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