Plensa, Jaume – Wonderland
Type of Spiritual Experience
Plensa’s letter sculptures are usually inspired by books or poems, and the obvious book that links with this sculpture is Alive in Wonderland. Alice ‘s adventures were a dream, and spiritual symbolism has doors, and windows as symbols of our eyes, ears and other sensual organs, but has an invisible portal as the way to the spiritual world of dreams, lucid dreams and other visits to the invisible world - the sixth sense.
And indeed, as with much of Plensa’s work, what we see in front of us is only part of the experience. Doors often feature in Plensa’s work, but the door he has used in Wonderland, is that very portal. One moment you are a person in the present moment, someone who is standing in front of the sculpture and about to pass through. On the other side, unseen, is all that is spiritual – our perceptions and the future about to be revealed and what is behind in the person’s past; the door thus being the threshold in time with a particular revelatory power as it opens whole realms of new experience.
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