About the Artwork
Laura is part of Jaume Plensa’s on-going series of portraits. Each sculpture is drawn from a particular model of a young girl, whose image is then elaborated into a more universal symbol for dreaming and aspiring. Part of the technical process involves photography. The essence of the photograph – a moment caught in time – belies the architectural volume of the final form.
Laura hovers between childhood and nascent womanhood, personifying an individual future and being symbolic of the future of humanity. Each sculpture has a spirit that communicates to us across cultures and identities. When the viewer first sees Laura, her silhouette stands out against its surrounding, but when the viewer moves closer Laura appears to shift its orientation. The play on form and perception and a slippage between volume and image are part of Plensa’s great contributions to postmodern sculpture.
Copyright the artist; Courtesy Galerie Lelong; Photo Kenneth Tanaka. Photo © Nick Turpin
702.9 x 86.4 x 261 cm