Jaume Plensa’s work integrates a wide variety of materials and he is inspired by spoken and written texts. Letters created from stainless steel form the framework of the contemplative figure in this sculpture and literally create a vocabulary of the body. Seated upon a rock, Plensa’s universal man, which the artist based on himself, reflects upon the world around him and invites viewers to create their own meaning.
The recipient of numerous national and international awards, one of Plensa’s best-known public art commissions is the 50-foot Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago. Plensa’s public art commissions are seen throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has recently completed projects in Washington, DC, Seoul, Stockholm, and Jerusalem. He lives and works in Barcelona and Paris.