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.
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….