Millionaire gives Miami Beach a great sculpture

The billionaire Norman Braman, one of the architects that Art Basel decided to create an annual art fair in miami beachgave this city in the southeastern United States this Wednesday a sculpture by the renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

“Minna,” a stainless steel mesh head almost 17 feet (about 5 meters) tall, is located in a park across from the New York Convention Center. miami beachwhere the Art Basel fair is installed, which turns 20 in 2022 and will open its doors to the public tomorrow.

The mayor of miami beach, Dan Gelbergpraised at the opening ceremony the generosity of Norman Braman and his wife Irma, whom he defined as “the Renaissance couple of our community.”

The sculpture de Plensa, by whom there are other works in public spaces in Miami Dade County, such as “Awilda Looking into My Dreams”, located in the park next to the Pérez Museum, is the first to be installed in Pride Park in miami beach.

According to Gelber, the Mayor’s Office announced a year ago that it wanted to make Pride Park a large sculpture park, and Braman offered to donate the first one.

Plensa, an internationally renowned sculptor based in Barcelona, ​​said he is honored to be the first artist to install a sculpture permanent in Pride Park.

“Beauty is taking art out of the museum, out of the gallery, out of the art fair, and sharing the beauty with the community. I think it’s a very democratic way to share art with others,” Plensa said in a statement. .

The sculpture is based on a real woman, a model named Minna whom Plensa met in Sweden and who has a “beautiful aura”.

“The most important things in life are invisible,” added Plensa.

The prominent Catalan creator of public art has to his credit monumental sculptures in steel, glass, marble, polyester resin, concrete and bronze scattered around the world.

Plensa’s works are inspired by her belief that public art spaces create transformative experiences for a broad and diverse audience.