Water's Soul By Jaume Plensa # 2
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Water's Soul is a sculpture along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in the Newport section of Jersey City. It depicts a woman with closed eyes holding a finger to her lips in a state of silent contemplation and self-reflection. The work was conceived by Jaume Plensa and commissioned by LeFrak and Simon Property Group. Made of polyester resin, fiberglass, and marble dust, the work is white and stands 80 feet tall. It faces the Hudson River and the New York City skyline. It was created at Plensa's Barcelona studio and shipped in 23 containers, each 40 feet feet long, to the site.
Of the work, Plensa says: “It is my wish for Water’s Soul to become an icon for Newport and a landmark that visually connects it with New York City across the Hudson River. Just as Water’s Soul acts to unite the city of Jersey City and New York City, we are reminded that water is the great public space that unites and embraces communities as well as people around the world. "The water, when it moves, makes a special sound, very special," Plensa said in a interview suggesting the sculpture's message is "to keep silent...to listen to the profound noise of the water talking to us."
I certainly respect the artist's interpretation of the meaning of the sculpture but when I look at the "screaming" go on all over the world I feel a better interpretation is "be quiet and listen." Maybe it will open your eyes to what the other side is thinking. Either way the sculpture is an attention magnet and a brilliant piece of art.
I photographed some of Plensa's sculptures when I was in Spain on vacation so it's very nice to have one in my own backyard.
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November 4th, 2021
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