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Crown Fountain before Dawn

Crown Fountain in downtown Chicago is usually packed with people. We arrived before dawn to have some quiet time to photograph this public art installation with two 50-foot glass block towers in a reflecting pool. Created as a tribute to Chicagoans, the towers project images of diverse residents expressing a range of emotions. The towers face each other, as if the people are in conversation. Intermittently, the faces become an homage to gargoyle sculptures whose mouths flow with water to symbolize life, dreams, and protection from negative spirits.

This work was created by international artist Jaume Plensa. For San Diegans, you can see another sculpture by Plensa in town — the giant white sculpture of a human body in front of Pacific Gate downtown.

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