VANCOUVER 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS | THE CULTURAL OLYMPIAD :: VANCOUVER BIENNALE ::: «WE, 2008» by JAUME PLENSA

“WE, 2008”

JAUME PLENSA, Spain

This sculpture celebrates Vancouver’s linguistic and cultural diversity by incorporating multiple alphabets  (Latin, Greek, Russian Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese) in an all embracing womb-like human form.

Plensa is widely acclaimed for his Public Art installations, having created this work specifically for the Vancouver Biennale.

– Vancouver Biennale

I go by this sculpture fairly often and it always makes me happy. I like Plensa’s linguistic gift to Vancouverites; it’s a tribute to the city’s multidiversity and tolerance.

“We, 2008” has been a big hit with Olympic tourists, including these two members of Team Russia:

Jaume Plensa – Short Biography

Jaume Plensa, born in Barcelona in 1955, is today one of the leading sculptors in the field of plastic arts.

Since 1980, the year when he made himself known with his first exhibition in Barcelona, Plensa has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, the United Kingdom (invited by the Henry Moore Institute) and France (invited by the Atelier Alexander Calder), and he currently resides between Barcelona and Paris. He has been invited professor at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago during 2009-2010.

A significant part of Plensa’s production is set in the context of public sculpture, a sphere in which he has permanent works installed in Spain, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea, Germany, Canada, the USA, etc. The Crown Fountain, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, is one of his latest project, and undoubtedly one of his most brilliant. In 2005 he finished Breathing, which is installed in the new BBC building in London, in 2007 Conversation à Nice for the place Masséna in Nice, France and El Alma del Ebro for the Expo Zaragoza 2008, in Zaragoza, Spain. The last one is Dream for St Helens, Liverpool, UK.

He is currently working on several new projects as Wishing Well for The Bow-Calgary, Canada.

– Jaume Plensa’s website

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postscript:

I was walking by the statue again today (22 February 2010), and it struck me that I’d “felt” this Vancouver Biennale sculpture somewhere else (I’m always making connections between things in my imagination).

Then it dawned on me: it reminds of the Great Buddha (大仏 daibutsu) at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, Japan, which I’ve been to several times. And, like Plensa’s work, one can actually enter the Kamakura Buddha and see his “insides.”

File:Kamakura Budda Daibutsu front 1885.jpg

File:Farsari Daibutsu.jpg

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