# #24: The Bean

### Math concepts are fantastically weaved into all kinds of artwork and Cloud Gate, or “The Bean”, in Chicago, IL is no exception!  Installed in 2004, Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work in the the United States.

Image Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rmlowe/6144649661

### Spark your math thinking!

1. Set up your math mini spark recording page: #24: The Bean

2. According to the city of Chicago website, The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.  Listen to the audio tour below and record some detail on your recording page.

3. Watch a video on how they “Clean the Bean”. Record what you have learned about this process on your recording page.

4. Take a look inside the Bean during construction.  What math was involved in creating the bean?

5. . “The Bean” is 33 feet high, 42 feet wide, and 66 feet long. It weighs about 110 tons — roughly the same as 15 adult elephants. Suppose a regular bean was sitting next to Cloud Gate. Do some research to find out the dimensions of a regular bean.  Do some math calculations. About how many times bigger is cloud gate? Record your work on your recording page.

6. Share your math mini spark recording page with your teacher/EY coordinator.

Thanks to the Hoffart boys at Sunset for inspiring this math mini spark!

## One thought on “#24: The Bean”

1. Emma says:

I learned that they clean the bean at midnight. I think they clean the bean at midnight because everyone is at the bean during the day and it would be hard to clean when every one keeps making fingerprints on it.