Jaume Plensa’s stunning larger-than-life sculptures

Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa – East Pacific Soul, 2016, Stainless steel, 300 x 223 x 225 cm

Who is Jaume Plensa?

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

Romanticism & beauty

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 for 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 by introducing his sculptures in public spaces, which enables his works to be appreciated by the inhabitants of the city.

Interaction is a crucial component in Plensa’s work

The interaction between his work and the audience and the entire city, in general, gives 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.

The external and the internal

In most of his work, Plensa’s likes articulating the external and the internal. These ideas can also be 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.

Sources of inspiration

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.

Plensa’s message

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.

Artworks

Solid sculptures

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume Plensa – Echo, 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 Plensa – Echo, 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 Plensa – Echo, 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 Plensa – Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Madison Square Park, New York City in 2011
Photo: James Ewing/bloomberg.com

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

Jaume Plensa - Sanna, 2014
Jaume Plensa – Sanna, 2014, marble, 324 x 140 x 100 cm

Jaume Plensa - Sanna, Donum Estate, Sonoma, California
Jaume Plensa – Sanna, 2014, marble, 324 x 140 x 100 cm, Donum Estate, Sonoma, California
Photo: Robert Berg/mymodernmet.com

Jaume Plensa - Sanna, Donum Estate, Sonoma, California
Jaume Plensa – Sanna, 2014, marble, 324 x 140 x 100 cm, Donum Estate, Sonoma, California
Photo: Robert Berg/mymodernmet.com

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Laura, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA, Photo David Blank
Jaume Plensa – Awilda and Laura, 2014, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA
Photo: David Blank/businesswire.com

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 1
Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher/salzburgfoundation.at

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 2
Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher/salzburgfoundation.at

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 3
Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher/salzburgfoundation.at

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

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

Jaume Plensa - Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Botafogo Beach, Brazil, Photo Christophe Simon
Jaume Plensa – Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Botafogo Beach, Brazil
Photo: Christophe Simon/inhabitat.com

Jaume Plensa - Looking into my dreams, Awilda, 2012, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, 2016, Polyester resin and marble dust, 12 m x 351 x 437 cm
Jaume Plensa – Looking into my dreams, Awilda, 2012, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, 2016, Polyester resin and marble dust, 12 m x 351 x 437 cm

Jaume Plensa - Rui Rui (V2), 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cast iron, 450 x 205 x 66 cm
Jaume Plensa – Rui Rui (V2), 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cast iron, 450 x 205 x 66 cm

Jaume Plensa - In my faith, in my hope, in my love, 2018, Fredrikstad, Norway, Cast iron, 3 elements of 4,25 meter high
Jaume Plensa – In my faith, in my hope, in my love, 2018, Fredrikstad, Norway, Cast iron, 3 elements of 4,25 meter high
Photo: André Løyning/skulpturstopp.no

Jaume Plensa - Duna, 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jaume Plensa – Duna, 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Grid sculptures

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

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

Jaume Plensa - Irma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England 1
Jaume Plensa – Irma-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 Plensa – Irma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England
Photo: richbd/flickr.com

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 Plensa – Awilda 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 Plensa – Awilda 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/ncartmuseum.org

Alphabet sculptures

Jaume Plensa - East Pacific Soul, 2016, Stainless steel, 300 x 223 x 225 cm
Jaume Plensa – East Pacific Soul, 2016, Stainless steel, 300 x 223 x 225 cm

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 Plensa – Soul of Words I and II, 2014, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, 2015
Photo: Dean Dixon/jaumeplensa.com

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

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

Jaume Plensa - Twins I and II, 2009
Jaume Plensa – Twins I and II, 2009
Photo: Gasull Fotografia/jaumeplensa.com

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

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

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

Glowing LED sculptures

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

All images by Jaume Plensa/jaumeplensa.com unless otherwise noted.

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