Mad. Sq. Art Presents Echo by Jaume Plensa
Mad. Sq. Art, the public art program at Madison Square Park, has a reputation for presenting some of the best public art projects in New York and this Spring they do not disappoint. Echo, a sculpture by Jaume Plensa, is a monolithic portrait of a 9 year-old girl which stands four stories tall and is the largest (and most expensive) artwork ever commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy. But despite it’s massive stature, the distorted proportions of this monument give it a uniquely holographic presence.
Juame Plensa, 56, has become one of the world’s most celebrated public artists. Plensa has exhibited more than 30 major public art projects around the world including the Crown Fountain (2000-5) in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Nomade(2007) commissioned by the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France. Plensa’s 2011 commission for Madison Square Park constitutes his long-awaited New York City public art debut. “With this work, I aim to introduce quietness and serenity to Madison Square Park, to transform the park further into a place of rest and dream,” explained Plensa at the opening of his public exhibition.
Echo by Jaume Plensa is on view at Madison Square Park, 24th Street between Madison and 5th Avenue, through August 14, 2011. A concurrent exhibition of Plensa’s recent sculpture and drawings is now on view at Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street through June 18.