Yorkshire Sculpture Park
July 22 – January 22, 2012
West Bretton, Wakefield, United Kingdom

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the first major UK exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Jaume Plensa, with new and recent work displayed in the Underground Gallery and surrounding landscape. The extraordinary exhibition combines an unfurling dialogue of sculpture and landscape with a series of deeply moving gallery installations. Encouraging silent contemplation as well as physical and sensory exploration, Plena’s work examines the joy and contradictions of the human condition.

Plensa has an international reputation for major exhibitions and public art projects around the world, making sculpture, drawings, prints, acoustic installations and designs for opera and theatre. Pushing technical and artistic boundaries, his often transparent, large-scale sculptures incorporate light, sound and text, inviting the spectator’s active participation in a space where art and language, nature and culture, sound and communication collide and
entwine.A significant outdoor piece at YSP is House of Knowledge, part of a group of works in which the physical form of the body becomes architecture. With text forming a large human shape, visitors can walk inside and see the landscape through the spaces between steel letters. This 8-metre tall piece is a stunning addition to the YSP parkland. Building on the success of YSP’s recent exhibitions, this project encourages real interaction and a particularly tactile engagement with his work that will delight and enrich.