The pillar grins at night

Pretty much everything in Millennium Park is kitsch rather than art, in my opinion, excepting perhaps the Lurie Garden.  The ickiest elements in the Park are the two “interactive” light pillars that are part of the Jaume Plensa-designed Crown Fountain.

The fountain is unquestionably a big crowd pleaser, with its no-holds-barred water attraction, but the pillars are grotesque and intrusive, and we residents are stuck with them 24/7.  They could have been so much better!  No one talks about how they have absolutely no aesthetic charm on three of their four sides.

What’s your opinion?

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