The Bean

I just returned from Chicago, setting for the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium. I always enjoy these events, not only because it’s a chance to re-connect with friends made over the years, but also because I meet so many people in my workshops who are excited to be drawing on location. What could be better than that?

When I first arrived to Chicago, I thought, let me get over to Millennium Park and draw Cloud Gate – known colloquially as “the bean”: The sculpture by Anish Kapoor that has become an icon of the city since it was installed in 2006. I did not expect to love this sculpture as much as I did! In my mind it seemed like it would be a huge fun house mirror, where people could make funny faces at themselves and take a ridiculous amount of selfies. Well, it was that, but also, it was a luminous focal point and a quietly beautiful presence in the middle of a bustling city. Just a wonderful piece of art – I could have hung out there for days. 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. Rita Caré

    I love your drawing!
    It’s one of the ones that I enjoy the most of all that I got on social networks!

  2. Dominick

    This is gorgeous Ronnie. It is one of those sculptures isn’t it? Changes the space completely.

  3. Veronica

    Thanks Dom! Yes, it’s the Cloud Gate sculpture in the park. I really love it.

  4. Veronica

    Thank you Rita, how nice of you to say that, and I can tell you that I enjoyed making the drawing! 🙂

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