The Bean

My friend Josie took me on a grand tour of Chicago where I was introduced to The Bean.  When he mentioned we were going to see The Bean, I thought it was some kind of a joke.  Why in the world would anyone be impressed by something called The Bean?  Josie, on the other hand, thought that I was joking when I told him I had never heard of The Bean before.  If you, like me, aren’t familiar with this popular Chicago attraction, no worries. 

The Bean is a sculpture created by British artist Anish Kapoor.  (I’ve begin to realize the British are responsible for many of the things I love in life, such as The Beetles, Mumford and Sons, and Wallace and Gromit.)   This sculpture stands over 30 feet high in Millennium Park.  It’s shiny silver surface reflects the city like a mirror.  The view from underneath The Bean is like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope or standing in the 360 degree mirror box on What Not to Wear.  When you stand inside, it’s as if you’ve entered a fantastic game of Where’s Wally trying to spot yourself on the walls.  The Bean could also be described as a life-sized optical illusion, providing hours of entertainment for the whole family.  I have never seen anything like it.  If you plan a trip to Chicago, this is something you must see!

You can find out more about The Bean here – http://gochicago.about.com/od/attractionsandlandmarks/ss/millennium_park_6.htm

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