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Sept. 10 Art Minute: Jaume Plensa, Spiegel

Art Minute, Art of the Week, toledo museum of art
Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955) Spiegel. Painted stainless steel, 2010. Purchased with funds given by Rita Barbour Kern and Gift of Mrs. George M. Jones, Jr., by exchange, 2012.84A-B. Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden.

The two figures of Spiegel are identical, each just over 12 feet high, facing one another across a nearly 5-foot gap upon a concrete pad. They are constructed from a white-painted steel latticework made up of individual letters from international alphabets. The figures are seated, holding their knees tucked against their chests. Both heads are faceless, and the figures themselves can be entered—two open-air pavilions that happen to take the shape of bodies. The interior of each figure is lit up at night with bright white bulbs.

This work is currently on view in the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden at the Toledo Museum of Art. 

Art Minute is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and American Frame