Artwork of the Week: January 11

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Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955), Spiegel (Mirror), stainless steel, painted, 2010. Welles Sculpture Garden

New for the New Year, these recently installed figures by Jaume Plensa have already attracted a lot of attention. German for “mirror” or “looking glass,” Spiegel shows two identical giants, hugging their knees and facing one another, though they are technically faceless. They are nearly bodiless as well: the figures are hollow screens given shape by a painted steel latticework of letters from the Latin alphabet interspersed with Greek letters and Chinese characters. The pair seems to be communing rather than confronting one another, but it’s hard to say whether they’re communicating.


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