Stock Photo Description: Crown Fountain, designed by Catalan conceptual artist Jaume Plensa, is the first of its kind in the world. Transparent glass block bricks are used to build two 50-foot towers standing in the midst of a black granite plaza submerged under an eighth of an inch layer of water. Behind the glass bricks are high-tech LED video screens that when illuminated, scrolls through videos of the faces of nearly 1000 individual Chicagoans and showcases the vast diversity of the city while a stream of water cascades over the images. Playing on the theme of historical fountains based around gargoyles with water coming through the opened mouth of the creature, each video includes specific moments where the person opens his or her mouth and specialized nozzles spray water into the center of the pond. People are invited to walk on the water-covered granite plaza, creating the illusion of walking on water.
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