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Faces of Chicagoans

The third and final presentation with impressions of Jaume Plensa's fantastic Crown Fountain in Chicago.
Three double portraits of a man and a woman and the reflections on the floor of the fountain, not wet by the rainwater but the water coming down from the towers.

“What is a fountain? How is it relevant to the people who will see it? Why build it? When deciding upon an artist to tackle these question, there was a desire to the both visionary and to also acknowledge the rich historical context. Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa (Barcelona 1955) was chosen because his work is principally focused on the human experience of standing in between, so-to-speak, between past and present, present and future, knowledge and ignorance, heaven and hell.

I have always maintained that sculpture has more to do with time than with such secondary problems as scale or space. This concept of time as the sediment of experiences within a general memory where or recollections also fit. The finished work begins it own cycle, and just like another memory it becomes linked to the vaster memory, in which no chronology makes sense. Time is the substance of my work.”
(source: website

■ Picture 1: ◄ Woman►
■ Picture 2: ◄ Woman and Man ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ Man ►

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