Jaume Plensa, born and based in Barcelona, is one of the world's leading contemporary sculptors. Working in a wide variety of materials, Plensa has invigorated the practice of figurative sculpture with works that examine the intersection of the human form, language and communication and global citizenship. He was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 1993, among many other honors. His public art installations are particularly renowned, and include the legendary Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millenium Park. Plensa's 2011 commission for Madison Square Park will constitute his long-awaited New York City public art debut.

Echo, Plensa's project for Madison Square Park, is a monument to everyday people in the form of a 44' fiberglass-reinforced plastic sculpture of the head and neck of a young girl, the nine year-old daughter of a restaurant proprietor near Plensa's home in Barcelona. Plensa's sculpture, made from white-pigmented fiberglass- reinforced plastic with a crushed marble gel coat, will be sited on the central Oval Lawn of Madison Square Park. Its monumental size and vertical orientation reflect the architecture surrounding the park, while the visage of the sculptor's subject exudes a welcoming tranquility perfectly suited to this cherished urban oasis.

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