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.
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.
Sydney based artist, Alex Seton works with Marble and converts them into everyday objects for us re examine how we view and interact with material goods. Better described on his website is the following:
Seton explores “contemporary notions of nationhood, security and our transition from the analogue to the digital world through sculpture, installation and photography. Within the framework of marble carving, Seton interrogates and displaces our expectations through overturning historical and cultural constructs, challenging our optical perception and subverting the tradition of the material. One of Seton’s central concerns is the nature of monument and the way in which we consecrate objects, people and moments in time. By memoralizing everyday objects such as inflatable toys, beds, hooded jumpers and flags in stone, Seton questions the reverence of both material and subject.”
His series titled “Elegy on Resistance” includes the following incredible sculptures produced in 2012:
Bianco Carrara marble
95 x 75 x 70cm
photos by Per Ericson
Bianco Carrara marble
15 x 80 x 70cm
photo by Per Ericson
According to Blue Marble, this is the ““most amazing highest resolution image of Earth ever.” And California to be exact for our purposes. It is a 64-megapixel image weighing in at 8000×8000 pixels. See the real hi-res version here. (via)
Artist Zimoun and architect Hannes Zweifel put together this installation in the National Contemporary Art Museum in Busharest, Romania. This really an amazing use of the space. They created an overwhelming installation with an awesome contrast of the marble floor and the cardboard hallway.