Jaume Plensa

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Jaume Plensa Mirror 

Mirror, 2011 
Painted stainless steel
Central Quadrangle

Gift of Bill and Stephanie Sick

The principal concept in this piece is that of dialogue. The two figures face one another as if in perpetual, silent conversation. They could represent two friends, a teacher and student, lovers, or parent and child. The title, Mirror, is the act that the figures perform for one another — standing as reflections of the other’s thoughts and dreams. There is room enough between the two figures for the viewer to stand and “enter” the conversation. The figures are modeled in letters from eight alphabets – Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin and Russian. The artist considers this dialogue and interaction as central to learning, and more importantly to understanding, between people and cultures.

About the Artist: Jaume Plensa, born in 1955 in Barcelona, is one of the most well-known contemporary sculptors working in public spaces. Working in multiple media, including light, sound, video, water, and steel, Plensa creates psychologically powerful forms in public spaces, often incorporating text. With projects exhibited in over 20 countries worldwide, Plensa has also exhibited his work in many galleries and museums. Plensa studied at the Llotja School and the Escola Superior de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi in Barcelona. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, among other institutions. 


Photo by Laura Medina @ Plensa Studio, Barcelona