Sunday, August 12, 2007

Gee Whiz!

There's a water park in downtown Chicago. Actually it's a fountain made of two 50-foot glass block towers with video projections of random faces. Although actually named 'Crown Fountain', it is known as 'The Spitting Fountain' since every few minutes a jet of water shoots out of their pursed lips. The spray lands in a shallow reflecting pool between the towers, which is crowded with hundreds of barefooted screaming children. In an effort to avoid the insanity, I shot these pictures at night. The progression of photos is an homage to the art museum scene in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' where the camera gets closer and closer to the Georges Seurat pointillism masterpiece 'La Grande Jatte' until all you see are the individual brush strokes with no sense of the overall picture. Strange that I would use this fountain to do an homage to that film, seeing as that scene was filmed only a block away in the Art Institute of Chicago. Anyway, enjoy the pictures.