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Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa


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Jaume Plensa Self Portrait III, 2017 Stainless steel 122 x 129 ⅛ x 129 ⅛ inches

The City of Atlanta has acquired Self Portrait III, a piece which contains all the elements of Plensa’s large body of work. Lettering from nine languages -- Hindi, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Cyrillic, Tamil and Greek – form a globe around the seated figure of a man, also composed of letters. With humanity at the center of a global cacophony, this is art that speaks to the ability to communicate across national and cultural boundaries. Discussing a similar work, Plensa explains: “Many times we talk and talk… but we are not sure if we are talking with our own words or repeating just messages that are in the air. My intention is to offer something so beautiful that people have an immediate reaction, so that they think, ‘What’s happening?’ And then maybe they can listen a little bit to themselves.” (Carol Kino, New York Times, 5/8/11) Acquisition of Self Portrait III is an embrace of Atlanta’s multiculturalism, internationalism and globalism. See more works by Jaume Plensa here. Read more about Jaume Plensa here.

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Target Project Start

Dec. 2018

Target Construction Finish

Jan. 2021

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