Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Jaume Plensa at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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

And indooors:

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.


  1. Hi Hazel ... yes! I do agree - I love the blueness in places and the touches of text & metal catching the light. I took 3 or 4 photos of the piece but this one caught a good moment as it went round.