Crown Fountain

Designed by Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain uses numerous design elements including water, light, and glass to create a unique meeting point and reflection space.  The surface area of the fountain floor is covered with matte, black granite to create a vast, dark and empty surface.  Covering the ground surface is a “water skin,” measuring 1/8th of an inch deep and is spread out across the whole of the pool measuring 232-feet long by 48-feet wide.  The pool invites visitors to step on its surface and look at the images of the sky and city reflected back.

The two 50-foot towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculptured with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out. The collection of faces provides tribute to Chicagoans and was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents representing Chicago’s demographics in terms of age, gender and ethnic origin. Krueck and Sexton Architects constructed the fountains out of 22,000 10-pound blocks.

The fountain’s water features operate during the year between mid-spring and mid-fall, while the images remain on view year-round.

Jaume Plensa born 1955 in Barcelona, Spain. Plensa is an award wining Spanish artist and sculptor with a significant amount of work set in the context of public sculpture. His work has been installed in a variety of countries including Spain, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea, Germany, Canada, and the United States.

Wicker Park: Gurgolye Fountain

“This fountain is more than a pleasant little addition to the neighborhood. It is a symbol of what is happening in the Wicker Park neighborhood.” – Mayor Richard M. Daley

Dedicated by the Mayor on May 11, 2002, this renovated fountain was rebuilt to its original turn-of-the-century look. The fountain was initially purchased from a New York firm called J.L. Mott Iron Works. However, that company was later bought by the Robinson Iron Co. of Alexander City, AL. The Robinson firm was able to find the original catalogs-and some of the actual molds used to cast the metal sections of the Wicker Park fountain.

Peaches Memorial Fountain

In 1998, the Public Building Commission began a neighborhood beautification project with the goal of creating and/or repairing eighteen fountains throughout Chicago. The Peaches Memorial Fountain was named for Rosalie “Peaches” Siegel, an employee of the Gethsamane Garden Center, which funded the beautification of the fountain’s site .