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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bean at Millennium Park is about to come alive with color and music.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the sleek steel sculpture known formally as Cloud Gate already has become one of Chicago’s top attractions since it was unveiled in 2004.

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Starting Friday evening, the sculpture could even more visitors, as a temporary exhibit called “Luminous Field” will light it up with vibrant colors and music.

The Chicago artistic ensemble Luftwerk has designed a field of multicolored geometric mosaics beneath the Bean, which will reflect the lights in a light show that will be synchronized to music.

Luftwerk is a collaboration between artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, both alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The artists formed the Luftwerk ensemble in 2007, with a focus on new media, video, and light design, according to the City of Chicago.

Luftwerk has also created multimedia installations at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House in Mill Run, Pa., and Wright’s Robie House in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Luminous Field will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, and 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday evenings, from Feb. 10 to Feb. 20.

Bachmeier and Gallero will also appear for a discussion led by Art Institute adjunct professor Lou Mallozzi at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Millennium Park.

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