‘Carmela’, the structure situated at Sant Pere més Alt, represents the face of a girl in Barcelona
The sculptor Jaume Plensa already has one of his large sculptures in Barcelona and outdoors. But it is not his sculpture at sea by the harbor project announced that it has never come to start, but a custom of the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música Catalana which actually includes four works three inside the building and a front facade, and all installed by a bounded time.
Plensa has provided two bronze sculptures, two meters high, Sanna’s dream and Rui Rui’s dream, Lluís Millet in the room; Silent music III, stainless steel sculpture painted white with marble stones, installed in the Foyer of the Palau, and already on the outside, on the corner of Sant Pere més Alt and Petit Palau, the part named Carmela, iron cast, and 4.5 meters high. The first three will be until May 16 and the fourth will stay until September 18th.
The sculptor, during the presentation, has expressed gratitude to Palau de la Música by exposure and efforts that had to be done to obtain the necessary permits for installation in the place of choice on the street. And for the opportunity it gave him to exhibit for the first time a work as Carmela that “represents a girl from Barcelona, a Mediterranean beauty, a beauty out of time, archaic and future, which has perhaps not yet discovered that interests the art”. This work is inspired by a teenager from Barcelona, where two years ago, when I was 14, photographed and scanned her face, eyes closed, until a three-dimensional image which is then manipulated to obtain a compressed form. “For me this process is the fusion between photography and sculpture, between the ephemeral and the eternal, and ultimately between the human and the divine,” explains the artist. Regarding the two sculptures located in the Millet room last summer could be seen at the Museum of Ceret, Plensa explains that it is the faces of a girl Sweden (Sanna) and Shanghai (Rui Rui) “to engage in a dialogue in silence and think this is the best tribute to the musicians, who know better than anyone the silence. ” For the author, “the portraits of these girls precisely because of its fleeting, changing beauty, are a metaphor for all of us” .The other sculpture represents the body of a human being constructed with musical notes and scores. “It is a reference to the musicians who have managed to create a common alphabet.” The artist has also very pleased with the fit between the decorative excesses of modernism of Domenech i Muntaner and sobriety and simplicity of their work.
Mariona Carulla, President of the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música Catalana, explained that the exhibition is part of the project started five years ago to accommodate in the building other works of art that were not music and is delighted with the Carmela location. Asserting that “the city is indebted to Plensa has said:” Today has been a neighbor and told me where to sign for him to stay forever. ” In the same line he expressed the general director of the Palau de la Música, Victor García de Gomar, for whom Plensa’s work “is a transgression that speaks of beauty and poetry.”
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona