Jaume Plensa

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I first came across Jaume Plensa’s work by accident when I stumbled across his piece “Jerusalem” at the modern art gallery in Palma, Majorca.  I found it a truly awe inspiring and sensory piece which is simply known as the gongs to me and friends.

Then in Nice we came across these pieces that were commissioned to coincide with the opening of the new tram system and change colours at night.  They were again a totally unexpected pleasure to find.

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I did not at the time connect the work in Nice to the gongs I had previously seen in Majorca so imagine my surprise when I learnt that the gongs were coming to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park along with the biggest collection of Plensa’s work ever brought together in one place.  The exhibition has been running since April 2011 and it is a stunning affair, the best exhibition I have ever been to.  I believe that it has been the Sculpture Park’s most successful collection, and far better people than me have written about it, but I do find it both awe inspiring and thought provoking.  I went along again recently and his work looks fantastic in the low winter sun.

The exhibition only runs for the next couple of weeks (it finishes on 22 Jan) so if you have not seen it or been to the Sculpture Park I would urge you to get along as you will never get the chance to view the work in this way again.  It’s stunning.


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