Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millenium Park. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects, Crown Fountain opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. Each of the towers is 50 feet (15.2 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces.
From Wikipedia, regarding the faces used on the LED display of the fountain:
Approximately 75 ethnic, social, and religious Chicago organizations were asked to provide candidates whose faces would be photographed for integration into the fountain.mThe subjects were chosen from local schools, churches and community groups, and filming began in 2001 at the downtown campus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The SAIC students filmed their subjects with a $100,000 high-definition HDW-F900 video camera, the same model used in the production of the three Star Wars prequels. About 20 SAIC students took part in what became an informal master's course in public art for the project. Faculty from Columbia College Chicago was also involved in the production of the video. The high-definition equipment was used because of the scale of the project. Because the image proportions were like a movie screen with a width far exceeding its height, the camera was turned on its side during filming.This is one of my favourite images I captured in Chicago, not least for the emotion it captures in the two subjects who decided (ever so boldly) to walk onto the (approximately) inch-deep water encompassing the pool in front of the two towers.
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