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Lighted Bridge on the Grand River. Photo: Brian Kelly. Courtesy
Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sculpture in Public: Part II,
Public Art

ctober 2 – 4, 2008
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Presented in collaboration with the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Funding in part provided by: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Fred and Lena Meijer, Mary Ann Keeler, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Convention, Visitor’s Bureau, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids Art Museum, Enterprise rent-a-car and Grand Valley State University.

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Keynote speaker Jaume Plensa:

The Crown Fountain, 2000-2004. Photographer: Hedrich Blessing

Destined to be an exciting start to our upcoming conference, the internationally celebrated sculptor and installation artist Jaume Plensa has been officially designated as our keynote speaker!

In addition, Plensa will be the subject of a major exhibition scheduled to take place during the conference at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.  This will be Plensa's largest United States exhibition to date, and the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park members will also be joining conference attendees for his speech.  Jaume’s attendance is projected to illuminate the talent, experience, and motivation necessary for success within the realm of public art.

“For me, art is nothing more than a body sound. Our bodies produce vibrations, and I view art as one of these vibrations. It belongs to me: it’s a part of me. Without art, I’m not imaginable. I never took care to become a good artist, but I always took care to become a good person. I don’t care about art as a problem of shapes. Art is a consequence. It’s the breath of my experience. It helps people understand life. It helps people to grow up. But I’m not good at explaining what art is or should be. If I were able to do so, I probably could not continue to be an artist any longer. “

-Jaume Plensa


To read Jaume Plensa's CV, click here.

To read an interview with Plensa from Sculpture magazine, click here.
(Originally published in March, 2006)

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The Keynote Address is funded by Ward Paul and
Charles Schoenknecht

Jaume Plensa at the opening of the exhibition NOMADE in Antibes in July 2007. Photo: Laura Medina





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