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Jaume Plensaís design was selected for 
the $17 million Crown Fountain, 
in Chicagoís Millenium park's 
southwest corner. 
The installation consists of a pair 
of 50-foot-tall glass-brick towers 
facing each other across 
a black granite plaza covered with 
a one-eighth-inch layer of water 
(upon which visitors are invited 
to tread, creating the illusion 
of walking on water). 
Each tower encases an LED video screen 
that projects a complex, 
computer-controlled sequence 
of colored lights and high-definition 
images of the faces 
of 1,000 different Chicagoans. 
Water cascades down the sides 
of the towers and at strategic moments    playfully gushes out from between 
the digital faces' pursed lips.

 
 

 

 
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