One of the coolest things I experienced while vacationing in Chicago recently was a visit to Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.  It is so different, creative, innovative, unusual, and fun!     

During our long walks around the city, Mike and I discovered what looked like a water park.  It had 2 gigantic glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. And the towers had a face on it.  Kids were laughing, playing, and having fun and parents were enjoying it too!  Check this out.

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Isn't this the coolest thing?  The project was designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa as part of the city's world-renowned public art collection.

The fountain features two 50-foot glass block towers at each end a shallow reflecting pool.  The towers project video images from a wide variety of Chicago citizens.  The artist uses different faces in reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.

The collection of faces was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents of Chicago.

You can enjoy the fountain's water features during the year when it operates from mid-spring to mid-fall.  The facial images remain on view year-round.

It's located at 201 E. Randolph Street between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Avenue in Chicago.

Could you see something like this in your community?