Jaume Plensa seduces in New York with one of his floating sculptures on the Hudson River

A huge head of woman 22 meters with a finger on her lips. Serenity and silence. That is what asks for the enormous sculpture of the artist Jaume Plensa who

Jaume Plensa seduces in New York with one of his floating sculptures on the Hudson River

A huge head of woman 22 meters with a finger on her lips. Serenity and silence. That is what asks for the enormous sculpture of the artist Jaume Plensa who can already be seen on the Hudson River, which separates Manhattan from New Jersey. Catalan is causing sensation with the new artistic installation of it, a work that tries to transmit a message of tranquility and unity in the negative environment of recent years.

"I spend my living traveling around the world and I only find people who look like me, the differences are so tiny that they even surprise me, and these differences are what gives us quality and diversity to be able to relate. Can you imagine? That we were equal? How boring! ", Reflect.

The Catalan sculptor is giving him to speak so much in New Jersey and in neighboring New York with the greatest sculpture he has designed so far, "Water's Soul", a piece located on the banks of the river that separates both cities and with which , as explained to EFE, he wants to ask for silence and pay homage to water. "It seemed very opportune to make a figure with his finger on his lips because I think we are at such a noisy moment that we can not hear this deep voice of water that is always talking to us," said the Catalan artist.

"We are 60% of water, 70% of the surface of the Earth is water, and we have become used to seeing it that we no longer realize that it exists. I think it's time to vindicate it and put our attention again In it, "he adds. The work, the bust of a young woman with the index on the lips, is located on a seafront of the Newport area, in New Jersey, and looks towards the unmistakable skyscrapers of the Big Apple, with The iconic Empire State Building at full view.

When designing the piece, please explains that it also took the tribes that inhabited the area of New Jersey in which the work will be installed permanently, the Lenape. "They were animists who were convinced that everything that It existed had a soul. I have felt very identified with them and maybe that's why I have titled 'Soul of water', it exposes.

The sculpture, 22 meters high, acquires even more height when installed on a two-meter podium, designed with the aim that the piece is not damaged by water, since it is an area prone to water level climbing . "I see her perfectly (the statue) from the window of my hotel in New York," says excluding plensa. "It has also become a landscape of Manhattan, which was also very important for me," he says.

The work, as explained by Spanish, is not only a success at aesthetic level, which manages to highlight a gray landscape of a large city, but a triumph of all the technical team of plensa, who has worked closely with New York engineers and New Jersey.And is that it is a sculpture of 30 tons of weight made in structured glass fiber with polyester resin and marble powder, formed by 114 different pieces.

Updated Date: 20 October 2021, 23:57

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