Jaume Plensa - Sculptures
12th April to 29th June 2014
Jaume Plensa, born in Barcelona in 1955, is one of the most influential Spanish sculptors of his generation. His work which ranks with oeuvre of such Catalonian artists as Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró is characterized by its awe-inspiring spiritual depth and poetic expression. For the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden Jaume Plensa has focused on one particular gestalt in his expanding family of works. The kneeling figure on a boulder. Contemplating and resting from a restless society, finding a certain place to release overwhelming fatigue. Creating a site for others with the same need: “One of my obsessions is silence, silence as a key need. And in a very noisy world, silence should be produced, must be ‘made’, because it does not exist; an inner silence so that people return to be with themselves” (JP).
These seated human figures are formed by a metal network consisting of letters of the alphabet. "A letter is like a cell with a memory. A character in an alphabet is something so precise, developed by succeeding generations, and is the best expression of a culture. Biologically, a lone cell is nothing, but together with others makes an organ or a body, and so it is with letters. Every letter retains its memory and personality even when it is working for the more complex body, the meaningful text. I think this is beautiful metaphor for diversity. With text you can make culture, with a culture you can do anything. This is the concept of the foundation stone: around the stone a temple is built, around the temple a city, around the city the country, the continent, the world, the universe - from the smallest to the greatest. Sculpture is a beautiful way to explore this world of ideas and energy.” (JP)