Yet another reason to swing by Madison Square Park Spring Market (now till Friday 3rd June).
Jaume Plensa, born and based in Barcelona, is one of the world’s leading contemporary sculptors, and his 2011 commission for Madison Square Park constitutes 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’ 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 can be seen on the park’s central Oval Lawn. 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.