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"1,004 Portraits"

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 7 March 2017 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Spotted in the South Boeing Gallery, overlooking the fountains of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. They are cast iron and stand 20 feet tall—Paula (furthest), Laura (middle) and Ines (closest). They are very solid-looking but also have a hologram-like quality. These serene, dreamlike portraits offer a counterbalance to the children’s noisy play in the fountains below. The artist, Juame Plensa of Spain, likes how the faces are stretched and seem to disappear as you walk by. Plensa titled the new works placed in Millennium Park “1,004 Portraits”, since in his own words he merely added four new images to the 1,000 faces already depicted in his two tall video sculptures known as the “Crown Fountain”.

Photo captured September 13, 2014.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting art of work.

7 Mar 2017 6:46am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Amazing. Beautiful capture.

7 Mar 2017 7:00am

Claudine/canelle from FRance, France

DEs scuptures impressionnantes ..ce parc doit être très beau à voir !!
Bonne journée

7 Mar 2017 7:12am

yo from Ile de France, France

La présence des passants minuscules et les tours, rendent ces sculptures encore plus impressionnantes !

7 Mar 2017 8:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

How interesting. Must be the same artist who did the head in my City of London pic. They do transform wonderfully as your viewpoint changes

7 Mar 2017 10:08am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

interesting artwork

7 Mar 2017 10:14am

Marité from France

Des créations très impressionnantes et si belles !
Bonne journée !

7 Mar 2017 12:51pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot of impressive works.

7 Mar 2017 2:26pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Fascinating. I had to look this up. Beautiful viewpoint and image

7 Mar 2017 2:38pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Art works of Jaume Plensa (at least those of this period) are unmistakable. This is a good set image.
In another area, You have a "capuccino" in the sculptor name. Is Jaume (James) not Juame. :)

7 Mar 2017 2:54pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifiques sculptures et attrayantes explications de ta part...

7 Mar 2017 3:09pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Jaume Plensa is a great Catalan artist. His work has the property to excite those who contemplate it. In Barcelona we have a face of great proportions in front of the Palace of Catalan Music ... two works of art together. I like to share with you the art of Plensa...

7 Mar 2017 4:13pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent view. Wonderful composition of these fine works. Excellent. :)

7 Mar 2017 4:14pm

Don from Spokane, United States

They are very good subjects with an interesting history. I'd like to see the others.

7 Mar 2017 4:15pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

7 Mar 2017 4:17pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much for the link!

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition !

7 Mar 2017 5:45pm

Remus from Portugal

The names of the sculptures are very Hispanic (these female names are very common in Portugal and Spain).

Beautiful sculptural work and was very well portrayed.

7 Mar 2017 6:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful capture of these enigmatic faces.

7 Mar 2017 6:38pm

willy from Belgium

superbes sculptures et explications intéressantes Steven

une image surprenante de toute beauté

7 Mar 2017 6:55pm

franz from Baden, Austria

Strangely attractive and thought-provoking, and shot with a very good perspective.

7 Mar 2017 6:57pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !!!!

7 Mar 2017 7:10pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

These facial expressions look rather morbid??

7 Mar 2017 8:29pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very striking visual. Excellent composition.

7 Mar 2017 8:40pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Nice composition!

7 Mar 2017 9:12pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A great job of framing this amazing public art.

7 Mar 2017 9:18pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Like a modern Easter Island.

8 Mar 2017 1:42am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


8 Mar 2017 1:52am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

never heard of these before. Nice detail and a good angular perspective.

8 Mar 2017 3:39am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelles têtes et vue quel rendu et effet sueprbe statue et iamge.

8 Mar 2017 4:39am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


8 Mar 2017 11:16am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Amazing sculptures. They evoke silence. I would love to see them some day. Beautifully composed image.

8 Mar 2017 4:32pm

ventiqueras from Italy

ancora qualcosa di molto grandioso! ottima la presentazione e la prospettiva

8 Mar 2017 8:46pm