By David R. Wheeler, Editor
Since 2006, tourists have flocked to Chicago’s Millennium Park to view a lovably unusual sculpture: a giant metal bean.
The photogenic bean — the background of innumerable tourist selfies — is officially called Cloud Gate.
But let’s face it: “the bean” is more fun.
As my colleague and I got into a taxi to see the attraction, I simply said, “Take us to the bean.”
Sculpted by British artist Anish Kapoor, the bean is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park. It’s composed of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, and it has a highly polished exterior that doubles as a fun-house mirror for tourists.
Inspired by liquid mercury, the bean has taken on a life of its own, generating thousands of memes on the internet.
In short, the bean is anything (and everything) you want it to be.