Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain is located in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Videos of city residents are projected on two 50-foot tall towers that look like small Modernist buildings, but which are actually fountains, with the faces acting as contemporary gargoyles.
The faces intermittently spew water from their mouths [in the manner of traditional gargoyles], which I didn’t get to capture in my quick photos. In between the towers is a black granite reflecting pool.
Born in Barcelona and currently splitting his time between that city and Paris, Jaume Plensa is a renowned sculptor whose work often references the theme of dualism.
In the case of this artwork, the two towers and the various pairs of faces appear to be in dialogue with each other. Stepping back from the installation, the structures fit right into the manmade landscape of downtown Chicago, almost humanizing the buildings around them.