Here is the story of how a visit to a dentist had changed Chicago forever.
The local legend says that Mayor Richard M. Daley (Daley da Second) was at the dentist office in a building on Michigan Avenue overlooking what's now Millennium Park. Back in the 1990s it was an ugly place: commuter railroad tracks and dusty car parking lots. A prime spot in the heart of Chicago was a wasteland.
It is not clear what kind of mind altering anesthetic shot was given to the mayor but right there looking out of the window in the dentist’s office he made a decision to build the world's largest green roof over the tracks to host the park full of monumental artworks.
One of them became The Bean (aka Cloud Gate), a huge stainless steel mirror-polished sculpture with a distorted reflection of the city skyline.
I was lucky to witness the construction of The Bean: from erecting the internal support structure to polishing the seams in the outer steal later on. Maybe I’ll post some images from that time later.
Interesting fact: famous sculptor Anish Kapoor who designed The Bean stated in his contract with the city of Chicago that the structure will stand for a thousand years. I wonder what Chicago will look like in the next millennium? Will The Bean still be there?
Who would have thought that a simple visit to the dentist could lead to such consequences?