Chicago Quote #226

The Bean

The Bean

“New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.”


The Bean (Cloud Gate), Sir Anish Kapoor’s public outdoor work, is an iconic landmark in Chicago. It is a favorite tourist attraction. It represents a modern city looking into the future. The distortion, the metallic reflection and the B&W conversion with the tiny diminutive human figures in the foreground of the vast oppressing buildings convey the sense of futuristic urbanisation. In addition, it is a great substitute for a pretty wide angle lens! 🙂


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