Jaume Plensa’s Big Giant Head Rises Over Madison Square Park

05/13/2011 1:08 PM |

Jaume Plensas Echo in Madison Square Park New YOrk City

Last November we learned that Barcelona sculptor Jaume Plensa would be getting this summer’s high-profile Madison Square Park commission, and last week his monumental sculpture “Echo” was unveiled. The 44-feet-high sculpture, which portrays the head of a nine-year-old girl with her eyes closed, is slightly distorted to be extra tall and narrow. It’s made of fiberglass coated in marble gel, and references the same-named nymph of Greek mythology. It’s also reminiscent of distorted perspective sculptures by Robert Lazzarini and Richard Dupont, though here there’s no special point of view where one gets the illusion of realistic proportions, as you’ll see in the slideshow below.

Jaume Plensa’s “Echo” is on view in Madison Square Park through August 14.