Jaume Plensa Visual Artist
Jaume Plensa (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒawmə ˈpɫɛnsə]) (born 1955) is a Spanish Catalan artist and sculptor. Plensa was born at Barcelona, and studied art there, in the "Llotja" School and in the Escola Superior de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. His works include the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on the inward faces. Another work is Blake in Gateshead, in North East England, a laser beam that on special occasions shines high into the night sky over Gateshead's Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. In the summer of 2007 he participated in the Chicago Public Art exhibit, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. In 2007, working closely with a group of local ex-miners, he was also commissioned to create a new work on the landmark site of a former colliery near St Helens, Merseyside, as part of the Big Art Project, a major national public art initiative linked to Channel 4.
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