Immaculate larger than life sculptures as sanctified haven
Jaume Plensa - Paula, 2013, Bronze, 179 x 63 x 63 cm, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016, Photo The Blade:Andy Morrison

Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa is arguably one of the top sculptors today. He is largely known for creating huge-sized ethereal sculptures, and has also worked with different other types of contemporary art media, including from acoustic installations to video projections.

By juxtaposing the poetic and the intellectual, Jaume Plensa manages to come up with evocative sculptures that have a robust conceptual foundation. While most conceptual artists usually feel the need of refusing beauty to convey ideas, the romanticism, and beauty of Plensa’s sculptures are able to make his ideas more tangible. One way that he does this is through introducing his sculptures in public spaces, which enables his works to be appreciated by the inhabitants of the city.

The interaction between his work and the audience and the entire city in general give a breath of life to Plensa’s sculptures. Even in all the chaos and hustle of city life, Plensa’s work provides a sanctified haven where people can play, laugh, collect themselves or reunite.

In most of his work, Plensa’s likes articulating the external and the internal. These ideas can also been seen in his most recognizable sculptures; for instance, in his immaculate sculptures of girl’s faces and human bodies. He uses alabaster stone and a combination of brightly colored LED lighting to highlight the translucency and link the internal psychological thoughts of a human with the exterior façade.

Jaume Plensa is an ardent reader, and his work is inspired by poetry and literature. He cites Shakespeare, Goethe, and Black as some of his major inspirations. The Catalan artist incorporates words and language in his work to pay homage to his deep love of all things literature. This includes works like the Nomade sculpture that allows the audience to look through the spaces between the letters and see mankind as a single unified piece.

All of Jaume Plena’s works do not have any negative assertions. Rather, the artist is always sharing a strong message of unity, hope, and beauty. His works promote unity despite all the barriers that often separate mankind.

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 1
Jaume PlensaAwilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Courtesy: Salzburg Foundation, Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 2
Jaume PlensaAwilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Courtesy: Salzburg Foundation, Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 3
Jaume PlensaAwilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Courtesy: Salzburg Foundation, Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher

Jaume Plensa - Wonderland, 2012, Painted stainless steel, 12 meters high, The Bow, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jaume PlensaWonderland, 2012, painted stainless steel, 12 meters high, The Bow, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jaume Plensa - Together, 2014, San Gorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
Jaume PlensaTogether, 2014, San Gorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Jaume Plensa - Soul of Words I and II, 2014. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. 2015. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York, Photo Dean Dixon
Jaume PlensaSoul of Words I and II, 2014, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, 2015

Jaume Plensa - Paula, 2013, Bronze, 179 x 63 x 63 cm, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016, Photo The Blade:Andy Morrison
Jaume PlensaPaula, 2013, Bronze, 179 x 63 x 63 cm, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016
Photo: The Blade/Andy Morrison

Jaume Plensa - Nomade, 2007, painted steel, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Greater Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 2010
Jaume PlensaNomade, 2007, painted steel, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Greater Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 2010

Jaume Plensa - Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2016, Photo City of Chicago : Patrick Pyszka
Jaume PlensaLooking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2016
Photo City of Chicago/Patrick Pyszka

Jaume Plensa - Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Botafogo Beach, Brazil, Photo Christophe Simon
Jaume PlensaLooking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Botafogo Beach, Brazil
Photo: Christophe Simon

Jaume Plensa - Irma's White Head, 2008, enameled stainless steel, Place Vendome, Paris, France, 2012
Jaume PlensaIrma's White Head, 2008, enameled stainless steel, Place Vendome, Paris, France, 2012

Jaume Plensa - Irma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England 1
Jaume PlensaIrma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England

Jaume Plensa - Irma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England 2
Jaume PlensaIrma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Madison Square Park, New York City in 2011, Photo James Ewing
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Madison Square Park, New York City in 2011
Photo: James Ewing

Jaume Plensa - Dream, 2009, Dolomite on cast concrete, Sutton, St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Jaume PlensaDream, 2009, Dolomite on cast concrete, Sutton, St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Laura, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA, Photo David Blank
Jaume PlensaAwilda and Laura, 2014, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA
Photo: David Blank

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Irma, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA, 2016
Jaume PlensaAwilda and Laura, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA, 2016

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Irma, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. 2015, Photo Dean Dixon

Jaume PlensaAwilda and Laura, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, 2015
Photo: Dean Dixon

Jaume Plensa - Twins I and II, 2009
Jaume PlensaTwins I and II, 2009

Jaume Plensa – Body of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010 1
Jaume PlensaBody of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010

Jaume Plensa – Body of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010 3
Jaume PlensaBody of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010

Jaume Plensa – Body of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010 3
Jaume PlensaBody of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010

Jaume Plensa - Air, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany 1
Jaume PlensaAir, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

Jaume Plensa - Air, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany 2
Jaume PlensaAir, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

 

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