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New York  Art at Site Jaume Plensa	Echo

Jaume Plensa

Madison Square (temporary)
The Seattle Art Museum is in the process of installing Echo, a 46-foot sculpture by internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, on the downtown waterfront in Olympic Sculpture Park.
Installation should be complete by late spring.
The sculpture is a gift from the Barney A. Ebsworth Collection. The artist has more than 30 public space installations spanning the globe in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Tokyo, Toronto and New York, according to the Seattle Art Museum.
Echo was originally commissioned by the Madison Park Association in New York City and installed at Madison Square Park in 2011 to great acclaim. It is made from resin, steel and coated in marble dust.
Echo is named for the mountain nymph of Greek mythology who offended the goddess Hera by keeping her engaged in conversation, thus preventing her from spying on one of Zeus’s amours. To punish Echo, Hera deprived the nymph of speech, except for the ability to repeat the last words of another. Plensa modeled the work after a young girl known to the artist. Rising from the center of the park with her eyes closed, it will be luminous in day and night.
In this monumental creation, Echo listens with her eyes closed in a state of meditation. From the sculpture park, she will face Puget Sound in the direction of Mount Olympus, visible from land and water.
Plensa was born in 1955 and lives in Barcelona. His most celebrated works include Crown Fountain in Chicago; Breathing at the BBC Headquarters, London; Bridge of Light, Jerusalem; and World Voices at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
During installation, a small portion of the Olympic Sculpture Park’s bike path will be closed. The pedestrian sidewalk will remain open.