Up until I studied the typography unit on my art course I had never heard of Jaume Plensa. We had to do a presentation on 3 or 4 artists who used typography ... but in 3D work. His work spoke with such immediacy and impact, even just from the first few photographs I came across.
So when Yorkshire Sculpture Park, so nearby, announced they were to exhibit his work this summer - both outdoors and in the indoor 'Underground' gallery - it seemed like a dream come true!
I could wax lyrical and endlessly about his work but will spare you that - here are some of the photos I took on my visit:
|Names of composers cover the figures|
|'Lettering' from various world languages to create the figures|
|These magnificent, enormous mesh heads are actually on the roof of the gallery (as 1st picture) - another pleasing illusion|
|These 5' but fragile alabaster heads were like projections - you felt you could put your hand through them|
|I loved this 'mobile' (actually part of a maquette) and the moving shadows it threw onto the wall|
|This was only one of a circle of huge gongs, in a darkened room - each with the most beautiful quotes (from the song of Solomon) on them|
This exhibition was wonderful and exceeded all my (already high) expectations. It's been extended and now runs till January 2012.