'The Bean'

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The Cloud Gate sculpture also known as ‘the Bean,’ is one of the top things to see in Chicago. The bean is a large public sculpture that was unveiled at the opening of Millennium Park in 2004. It now serves as a famous symbol of Chicago and is one of the city’s most photographed attractions.

The Bean is one of the best ways to capture Chicago’s beautiful skyline while still being in the photo. Designed by the London-based artist, Anish Kapoor, his work was selected out of two proposals that were submitted in 1999 for a ‘showpiece’ sculpture that would sit in Millennium Park. At first, many Chicagoans were extremely critical of this piece of metal – especially since the structure was under construction during the inauguration of the park in 2004. Anish Kapoor did not completely finish the sculpture until May 2006 when it was really displayed as a magical visual.

Even before it was given an official title, Chicagoans were quick to dub the reflective steel sculpture ‘the Bean’ after its peculiar shape. However, it’s official title is ‘Cloud Gate’ since 80% of its surface reflects the sky and bends the reflection down into a gate shape.
  1. The Chicago 'Cloud Gate' was officially on full display in   .

  2. Residents of Chicago have been very supportive of the sculpture since they dubbed it 'The Bean.'

  3. What makes the Cloud Gate captivating and attractive?

  4. The Cloud Gate was first shown to the public   the inauguration of the Millenium Park.

  5. Why is the sculpture officially called 'Cloud Gate' instead of 'The Bean.'


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  1. What famous public sculpture does your country have?

  2. What makes that sculpture significant to your country?

  3. How can famous public sculptures or sights affect a country's image?

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