January 16, 2010
by Canadian Architect
The Vancouver Biennale is warming up the wet and chilly nights of the city with We by Jaume Plensa, widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists of the 21st century. This work of art celebrates the linguistic diversity and multiculturalism of Vancouver by putting multiple alphabets together to create a larger-than-life sculpture in human form. Sitting proud and peaceful, the 16-foot-tall figure is made up of characters from eight alphabets – Latin, Greek, Russian Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic and Chinese. The sculpture, dramatically illuminated at night and large enough for people to gather inside – draws a global audience in to enjoy the embrace of an intimate enclave within this urban city. We fully exemplifies the Vancouver Biennale’s commitment to diversity, engagement, accessibility and education.
Jaume Plensa, who works both in Barcelona and Paris, is a widely acclaimed artist who has received numerous national and international awards and has exhibited in public museums across Europe, Japan and North America, including the Institute Valencia d’Art Modern in Valencia and Musée d’Art Contemporain in Nice, France (2007); the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006); and most recently, inclusion in the prestigious 53rd International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2009). For more information on Plensa, please visit www.jaumeplensa.com.
The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit organization that mounts biannual public art exhibitions, bringing sculptures, new media and performance works by celebrated and emerging international artists to Vancouver and surrounding area parks, beaches and urban plazas. In doing so, the Biennale creates an open-air museum that merges the natural beauty of the BC landscape and the love of outdoor recreation with a world-class cultural experience, all contributing to Vancouver’s designation as one of the most livable cities in the world. For more information on the Biennale, please visit www.vancouverbiennale.com.