Plensa, Jaume - Talking Continents
Type of Spiritual Experience
The publicity surrounding Plensa’s exhibitions is often written by people who are neither spiritually inclined, nor well versed in symbolism . Talking continents combines the concept of an island and the cosmic egg. The description below does provide clues because it does say the sculpture is about breakdown in communication, isolation brought on by today’s use of media, and that globalisation has not brought people together, but caused them to move further and further apart.
Instead of being united and diverse – so connected and interestingly culturally unique , we have become boringly squashed as square pegs in round holes to conform, and the result has been appalling disconnect.
From Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents
September 28 – December 8, 2019
Internationally renowned Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa’s public art is driven by a desire to emphasize the possibilities of communication brought about through sculpture and place. Installed around the world, Plensa’s art is one of inclusion –bringing people together—and of profound impact.
Talking Continents is an installation of 19 sculptures that are at once separate and interrelated. Comprised of letters from various alphabets that don’t come together as words, the works exist instead as abstract forms, as arbitrary signs and shapes. As such, each sculpture embodies a dissolution of meaning or breakdown in communication. At the same time, the letters comprising the works are also the components needed to reconstruct words and create meaning—the building blocks for cultural understanding. A firm believer that art has the capacity to transform our lives, Plensa has stated that Talking Continents represents the concept of globalism without judgement.
Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents was organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Generous funding for Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents has been provided by the David and Paula Kraemer Fund; Ellen Rosner and Paul J. Reckwerdt; Mary Ellyn and Joe Sensenbrenner; Peggy and Tom Pyle; Gina and Michael Carter; National Guardian Life Insurance Company; Lynda and Charles Clark; Dynee and Barney Sheafor; Sara Guyer and Scott Straus; Karen and Craig Christianson; and RSM.
A description of the experience