There was, apparently, a big blizzard in the northeast last weekend. We experienced none of it; we were in the midwest, where we got 6 inches or 12 inches or who knows, really? Out there they handle the winter with such ease and such aplomb and such quiet efficiency that it doesn't even matter how much it snows.
Except it does make everything look quite fabulous.
And of course it's not a real kidney bean, it's Cloud Gate, nicknamed The Bean:
Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city'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.