About Jaume Plensa
The show is recognition for a Spanish artist whose international reputation just grows and grows. If you do not know Plensa's name, then the chances are that you'll know his work. It's everywhere.
This exhibition featured an extraordinary body of new and recent work by renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Encouraging tactile and sensory exploration, work included a 50-metre curtain of poetry made of suspended steel letters, large illuminated sculptures in the landscape, and engraved gongs that visitors could strike to fill the gallery with sound.
Plensa’s sculpture gives physical form to the intangible, using the body as a way of exploring what it means to be human and engaging with universal themes: love, memory, language and despair. Other works need the presence of a human body to make them complete, such as Song of Songs. These glass cabins, immersed in coloured light, are only large enough for one visitor to enter and are spaces for solitary contemplation.
Plensa has an international reputation and has completed significant public art projects around the world, including the momentous Crown Fountain (2004) in Chicago. In 2009 he created Dream, a 20-metre high sculpture for St Helens as part of Channel 4’s Big Art Project.
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- Art Outdoors
Jaume Plensa: WilsisWilsis appears to be deep in thought or dreaming. Her eyes are closed and she is inward-looking and self-contained, remote from the present moment and the beauty of the surrounding scenery. Although monumental in size at over 7 metres high, this sculpture depicts a normal girl, rather than immortalising a traditionally extraordinary or powerful person.
- Art Outdoors
Jaume Plensa: WonderlandWonderland is a cast iron doorway on the external wall at the end of our visitor centre. It subtly plays with our expectations as it doesn’t open to allow us to pass through. Although it announces itself quietly, this sculpture speaks of our past, present and potential futures.
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Yoga and Gong Relaxation: Erwin Wurm–Join us for a yoga practice in the Underground Gallery, surrounded by the playful Erwin Wurm exhibition. Enjoy a breath-led, physical practice followed by a deep relaxation session, accompanied by the magical, nurturing sound of the gong. Gather together afterwards for a delicious, nourishing breakfast of fruit, pastries, granola, yoghurt and warm drinks.