The giant head has lived a year and a half in Chicago
Jaume Plensa statue (Chicago)
In his first appearance, now just over three years ago, this gigantic head of almost twelve meters high, creating the Catalan Jaume Plensa, emerged from the water at the beach in Rio de Janeiro, in front of the Christ of Corcovado and scanning the bread Sugar. For those things of art, city of wind and icy winters long and was then installed in a central location in Chicago.
Despite the appreciation of the locals -like it or not, nobody is going unseen- Awilda you move again 18 months later. He goes in search of the Miami Heat.
This monumental piece took -equivalent to four floors-story home in the Millennium Park in the metropolis of Illinois in June 2014. He came to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Crown Fountain, a permanent composition of Jaume Plensa located in the same enclosure that opened in 2004.
The Crown Fountain, turning it into a national icon and benchmark consists of two glass towers -15.2 meters each- where images of a thousand Chicago residents are projected. The initiative was formally called commemorative portraits 1004. This was because Awilda traveled together with other colleagues, smaller and make the bags while her. Paula will go to Washington-to the National Portrait Gallery- while Agnes and Laura return to Europe to participate in an exhibition at the Museum Max Ernst, near Cologne (Germany), confirmed yesterday the same Jaume Plensa by telephone.
Awilda stays in the United States. The acquired Jorge Perez, head of the real estate firm The Related Group, which yield at least a couple of years the Museum Park for display. His final home seems to be the Perez Art Museum of the city of Florida.
The artist takes a more positive view of this temporal experience, located in the key qualifying place in Chicago, at the intersection of Madison Street and Michigan Avenue. At this junction, emphasizes, “it is where the numbers change from north to south, is the city Ecuador”. Hence it has made an impact among the inhabitants of the great architectural city and its visitors.
The figure, composed of a dozen pieces, began to dismantle Monday and take several days to complete the operation.
In social networks they have already begun to appear reviewed their stay and go. There are mixed feelings. Some say they feel relief because they felt intimidated, but begins to dominate an opinion Awilda affection.
“It is a nice symbol that takes you from the busy loop (elevated train) to a meditative space,” wrote the tourism specialist Kym Spilker. “I feel calm and gives me peace and community,” Stephanie interjected photographer Bassos chicagoist.com on the website.
“People realize that a piece like when you go,” says Plensa. “In his absence the sculptor adds they will miss and will realize what they appreciated. When they ask what is this? But the disappearance, observed the gap and give an extraordinary value. ”
If the 1,000 citizens reflected in the two glass towers are ordinary people, Awilda is too. Like all figures Plensa, his inspiration comes from a real person. In this case, a girl who was twelve at the time, and neighboring Dominican origin of Barcelona.
“I’m always inspired girls of eight, twelve or fourteen years, sometimes slightly higher but with something particular as an idea for the future. I see the future in women, “remarks the talk.
As in other compositions, Awilda has his eyes closed. Not that I want to see the beautiful surroundings, but tries to provoke in the viewer’s search for inner beauty.
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