Millennium Park is a work of art in itself: beautiful lawns, graceful paths, and stunning architectural elements at every turn. And in celebration of its 10th anniversary, its outdoor plazas will come alive as FREE, alfresco art galleries which will display works in two special temporary exhibitions.
A monumental installation by Jaume Plensa — the renowned sculptor and creator of one of the Park's most prominent attractions, the Crown Fountain — will take over the South Boeing Gallery from June 18, 2014 through December 2015.
Featuring four striking, large-scale portraits of young girls, Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits expands upon the story of the 1000 LED portraits of Chicago residents that illuminate the Crown Fountain.
The first sculpture, "Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda," is made of resin and stands 39 feet tall. Situated at one of the park's entrances at Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, the work's surreal and majestic presence bridges the frenetic energy and distractions of city life with the tranquility of Millennium Park. Magnificent in scale, the piece's beauty, power and serenity encourage you to stop and experience a moment of quiet contemplation.
Three cast iron sculptural portraits, titled "Laura," "Paula" and "Ines," will be installed in the South Boeing Gallery (immediately east of the Crown Fountain) and stand 21 to 23 feet tall. Despite their great materiality, the sculptures have a hologram-like quality. Plensa's serene, dreamlike portraits provide a peaceful counterbalance to the children's boisterous play in fountain.
JAUME PLENSA, THE ARTIST
Spanish artists Jaume Plensa, one of the world's foremost sculptors working in the studio and public realm over the past 30 years, has presented more than 30 projects spanning the world in such cities as Chicago, Dubai, London, Liverpool, Nice, Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver.
The winner of many national and international awards, including the 2013 Velazquez Price awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry, Plensa has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; the Musée Picasso, Antibes, France; and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finkland among many others. The artist lives and works in Barcelona.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Look for Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits, in the South Boeing Gallery, a mid-level terrace located in Millennium Park's southwest corner. And in the North Boeing Gallery, visit the other special anniversary exhibit Millennium Park: An Anatomy in Photographs.
Admission to both outdoor gallery spaces is free and open to the public during park hours (6am-11pm).