Is Karamay bubble the replica of Chicago bean?

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  • CGTN published this video item, entitled “Is Karamay bubble the replica of Chicago bean?” – below is their description.

    When the monument of Karamay’s No. 1 oil well was first unveiled, people outside of China were quick to point out the similarities to the famous Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago, which referred to as “The Bean.” But is the sculpture a direct copy? I’m here in Karamay to give a detailed glimpse of the Bubble and let you decide for yourself. Here are the differences I noticed between the two: #1. The shape: While Chicago’s Bean is more elongated in shape, the Karamay No. 1 oil well monument has a more rounded, bubble-like shape. #2. Points of contact: If you look closely, you’ll notice that the Karamay Bubble connects to the ground at four distinct points, creating 4 possible points of entry inside. The Chicago Cloud Gate has only two points of contact and therefore only two possible points of entry. #3. Additional elements: Unlike the Chicago monument which stands alone in a park, the Karamay Bubble is surrounded by over 200 additional stainless-steel “bubbles” to complete the idea that this is oil gurgling out of the ground. So, do you have your answer now?

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