MONUMENTAL SCULPTURES BY JAUME PLENSA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jaume Plensa produces monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete, and bronze. He is best known for his Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millenium Park, two 50-foot-high glass towers set amidst a pool of water, which play giant video portraits of Chicago residents that periodically purse their lips and spout water into the pool.

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Predominantly producing figurative sculpture, Plensa has created larger-than-life-sized heads constructed of fine, stainless-steel wire mesh so that their surrounding environments are visible through the works, and bronze figures cast from his own body.

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KUXAN SUUM BY AARON GLASSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aaron Glasson (previously featured here) collaborated with Celeste Byers in Tulum, Mexico. The head is hollow and inside has room for many people. Their hope is the structure is used for get togethers, alone time, ceremonies, jungle picnics, music, meditation etc. Climbing plants will be planted around the perimeter and moss will turn the head green over time.
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The concept was inspired by a Maya prediction that goes as follows… Tulum was one of the first points of contact for the Europeans who evidently invaded and colonized Mexico. Tulum, once part of the Mayan empire is no longer what it was. “The souls of the wise elders are vigilant and dwell under the ruins of Tulum and they’re waiting for the Kuxan Suum, the cord that connects the world to reunite. The Mayas are looming and at the first signs. their ancient powers will begin to return. ” -Marco Antonio León Diez

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CLOUD HEADS BY YANG CAO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Toronto-based artist Yang Cao paints faceless figures to portray a spectrum of emotions and sensations. A graduate in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Cao typically creates fantastical paintings of nude bodies with cloud-like heads in dull colors.

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Yang commenced his artistic education in fine art, oils, acrylic and sketching. From the beginning of his creative career, Yang has expressed an intense and insightful fascination with the expansive array of human emotions and sensations, which he perceives as connecting all persons notwithstanding their differences. The artistic exploration of these residues of emotion permit Yang to draw his audience into his creative expression.

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THE ANTI-CORRUPT SENTIMENTS OF MILOS RAJKOVIC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Milos “Sholim” Rajkovic is a Serbian artist who has found a unique way to express his anti-war and anti-corrupt corporation/government/religion sentiments: with animated GIFs.

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Rajkovic creates animated portraits of anonymous archetypes with deconstructed heads and symbolic components that operate like finely tuned machines. Everything is fair game: a religious figure with alter, candles, and a rotating luxury car; U.S. military figures with weight-lifting Ronald McDonald, skeletons, praying hands, and a flat screen TV playing 24-hour cable news.

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