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Old 05-12-2013, 11:21 AM
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Can anyone find me a tabletop sized Cloud Gate ("Chicago Bean")?

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Mom wants one for her new dining room table. I can only find prints and coasters and placemats.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:24 AM
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I don't think they make them. The artist is very particular about licensing the "Bean" and I'm pretty sure I've heard that he won't let anybody make replicas. I'd love to be proven wrong though.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:42 PM
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I've only ever seen this model at the Chicago History Museum but I doubt there are copies for sale.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:47 PM
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I don't think they make them. The artist is very particular about licensing the "Bean" and I'm pretty sure I've heard that he won't let anybody make replicas. I'd love to be proven wrong though.
I think you meant to say that the artist has been an absolute jerk who was fortunate enough to produce something that has become an icon for a city and is pushing copyright into the realm of absurdity.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:30 PM
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If I was the artist, I wouldn't want to see cheap plastic copies of my work being sold in souvenir shops, so I understand his refusal to permit reproductions. Small copies (one-tenth scale) were given to attendees of the NATO summit as a special gift but they were made by the company that makes the Oscar awards out of solid zinc and plated in silver, so presumably this was not cheap.

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:06 PM
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In most large cities, there are print shops that specialize in large prints of photos (like you see on buses and billboards). You might want to see what they would charge for a single printing of a photo in the dimensions you need for this table. Of course, you would have to see about laminating it or whatever...perhaps they have a special process to do that as well.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:14 PM
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Well, bah humbug. That's what I was afraid of. Thank you for the effort!
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:36 PM
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How about this?

Or this?
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:18 PM
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Very cool, moriah, thank you for the ideas. I'll send them to my Mom and see if she likes one.

Last edited by WhyNot; 05-12-2013 at 11:19 PM. Reason: I think there's pirates on board. They're stealing my rrrrrrs...
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:30 PM
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They make large steel or chromed "gazing balls" for garden ornaments. You'd just need to find a small stand suitable for setting it on a table.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:04 AM
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I think you meant to say that the artist has been an absolute jerk who was fortunate enough to produce something that has become an icon for a city and is pushing copyright into the realm of absurdity.
On the bright side, I understand that the nickname "The Bean" pisses him off.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:02 AM
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Thank you, Tangent! I'll add that to the list of ideas. That's what I'd pick for my table, but my mom and I have almost diametrically opposed senses of home design, so I can never quite guess what she'll like.
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