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Sanna by Jaume Plensa, Bordeaux, May 2017

Jaume Plensa is a Catalan artist, born in Barcelona. His works are often large representations of bodies and faces, many of which incorporate characters and symbols from a range of alphabets.

The giant head shown here, is part of his series of young girls’ faces. They are all developed from photos of people he met, with the faces shown calm and beautiful, with eyes closed.

Plensa takes the concept of perspective into his own hands, changing the size and shape to take account of the public looking at them from ground level, and to create what he wants us to see. As you move around the head, gazing from different perspectives, its shape changes dramatically. In the image above, the head has normal proportions, but move around and it becomes narrow, almost flat. This play with perspective makes the viewers pay attention and take their time.

Plensa’s work appears around the world, both as permanent pieces of public art and in a variety of exhibitions. You will find a map of his work here. There is currently (June 2019) a large head on display at the Rockefeller Centre in New York, for example, and there will be a display opening in Valencia, in Spain, later this month (I got there).

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Thanks to everyone who brought us some size last week. I’m travelling ta the moment and haven’t managed to visit you all yet. Apologies. I’ll be back in a few days.

Next week’s theme will be fashion.
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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 16 June 2019

Posted as part of  One Word Sunday


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    • The one in Barcelona has been here since 2015. I’ve been here a few times in that period and never seen it before. So don’t feel too bad! Worth watching out for him in future travels, though, as he pops up a lot. 😀


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