Chicago Architecture Info

Cloud Gate

Also known as
The Electric Kidney Bean
The Bean
Michigan Avenue at Randolph
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Basic Information
Designed by Anish Kapoor
Cost $23,000,000
Type Monument
Maximum height 33 feet/10 meters
Maximum length 66 feet/20 meters
Neighborhood: Millennium Park
More Information
  • This is Anish Kapoor's first public sculpture in the United States.
  • The sculpture was completely created in California. It was then taken apart, shipped to Chicago and reassembled.
  • Cloud Gate was originally supposed to be the centerpiece of the Lurie Gardens, but was moved to its own space because park planners feared tourists would trample the garden.
  • July 8, 2004: The sculpture's protective tent was removed and it was seen by the public for the first time. WGN Television reported that the artist wasn't happy about it, because the sculpture wouldn't be fully complete for two more months.
  • September 16, 2004: WGN Television reported that completion of the sculpture was delayed because of its popularity. In September, it was supposed to be covered up again and the seams welded and polished to make a single seamless reflection. But because of the huge crowds that gather around the sculpture from early in the morning until very late into the night, it was been decided to hold off on completing the project until January, 2005.
  • September 8, 2005: A bit of controversy surrounds the closing of Millenium Park for the day. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. paid the city $800,000.00 to rent the park for a private party. $300,000 was earmarked for day-to-day operating expenses. The rest for free concerts and other activities for the general public. It turned out to be just the first of many private events to take over what was supposed to be public space.
  • April 11, 2006: Crews finished buffing and polishing the seams out of the sculpture. It was finally completed and available to the public.
  • Febraury 2, 2009: The sculpture was vandalized by two people who carved "Ashley D" and "Peter S" into the gleaming surface.