Crown Fountain

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Added value of technology: 
Increase performance of public open spaces
Technology applied: 
Position informatics
Typology of open spaces: 
Parks and gardens
Short description: 

Crown Fountain is an interactive video sculpture installed in Chicago's Millennium Park that opened in 2004. It was conceived by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects. It is a fountain reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers.

Millennium Park, Chicago, USA
Glass, stainless steel, LED screens, light, wood, black granite and water.
2 towers of 16 metre high upon a water sheet of 70 x 14 metre in a total surface of 2.200 m2
Comissioned by: The Public Art Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago, 2000

Why is it relevant as Cyberpark: 

Crown Fountain is a public play area that offers visitors the possibility to play with water, invited through the use of ICT.
Both fountain and Millennium Park are highly accessible because of their inclusive design.

« Plensa’s interactive fountain delights visitors with the sights and sounds of water cascading down the façades of two 50-foot-high glass brick towers at either end of a shallow black granite reflecting pool. The Crown Fountain is animated through a constantly changing exhibition of lights and electronic images. Inspired by the traditional use of gargoyles as water spouts for fountains, Plensa recorded the faces of 1,000 Chicago residents, which are displayed in turn on the towers’ LED screens. A water outlet in each glass screen provides the illusion of water pouring from the mouths of the individuals displayed. The artist intends the collection of images displayed on the LED screens to expand over years to reflect the social evolution of the city.» (retrived from Artropolis, Chicago