“Echo” at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Posted on May 30, 2014, 9:00 am
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On Thursday, May 29, the SAM Olympic Sculpture park unveiled a monumental new addition after months of anticipation. The sculpture, created by internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Juame Plensa, is forty-six feet tall and now installed in the waterfront portion of the park.

The Olympic Sculpture Park is already home to phenomenal works by world famous artists—Richard Serra, Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois and Tony Smith (to name just a few). The Seattle Art Museum’s satellite space provides a powerful venue for these out-of-doors works. Seattle locals and visitors are provided with an opportunity to truly experience the art—through the possibility for daily contact and understanding.

Installation of "Echo" at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Image courtesy of Bettina Hansen and The Seattle Times

Installation of “Echo” at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Image courtesy of Bettina Hansen and The Seattle Times

Juame Plensa’s artwork is another lucky piece to join these ranks. The work, entitled Echo, captures the elongated and abstracted visage of a young girl. The sculpture references ancient Greek mythology and, as envisioned by the artist, is designed to look over Puget Sound in the direction of Mount Olympus. Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary art, states, “Plensa has established an international reputation for creating public sculptures that are both monumental in scale and meditative in subject….Seattle is the fortunate recipient of this work that will join other iconic works in the park.”

Be sure to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park this weekend and check out this exciting new sculpture! With temperatures in the upper seventies, it’s not too tough of a sell….

Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.