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Seven heads in the City of Arts and Sciences

This open view of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, reveals the source of the maze that I showed last week.

On the left, we have the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, with its roof of straight lines, plus a few softening curves. At the back is the dome-shaped Àgora, slightly disguised by the net of cables on the classic Calatrava-designed bridge, the Assut de l’Or Bridge.

Jaume Plensa head sculptures and Calatrava bridge in the water at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, July 2019

Enjoying the view, are the seven cast iron heads of Silvia, Isabella, Laura, Asia, Maria, Minna, Carla, and Laurelle. These sedate sculptures are the work of Jaume Plensa and were one of the reasons I timed my visit to Valencia for last summer. They were on display from June to November 2019. Valencia is a city I will return to, but I think this space will look very empty without the gazing heads, who spread their serenity across the waters.

Jaume Plensa heads in the water at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 June 2020

Posted as part of Weekend B&W

18 replies »

  1. your photos are still as striking and beautifully composed as ever. This contemporary architecture is especially photogenic, but you know how to give the soul of a place.

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    • Thank you for such a wonderful comment 🙂 🙂 🙂
      That is always the hard thing to do. I think you and I could chat and philosophise for hours about the question of how documentary a photo can ever be – facts versus what the photographer sees, feels, hears, …..

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    • No. You might know the sculptor, who loves heads, but not the women. His sculptures are of real women, and these may well be their real names, but they aren’t well known people.

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