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.
Sculptor Jaume Plensa Has a Big Head (in Madison Square Park)
A giant, stretched-out head of a nine-year-old girl matches nearby skyscrapers nicely.
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Jaume Plensa's "Echo" is on view in Madison Square Park through August 14.