Spanish artist Jaume Plensa recently unveiled a giant new sculpture called Wonderland at the base of Calgary’s tallest tower, The Bow. The wire mesh piece stands 39 feet high and resembles a young girl’s head. (It was actually inspired by a real girl in Spain.) Interestingly, the sculpture has two entrances so that visitors can walk inside of it. “My vision for Wonderland is to inspire everyone who experiences the sculpture: I believe the architecture of our bodies is the palace for our dreams,” said Plensa.
Wonderland is sure to be quite the experience for visitors or, more specifically, photographers. Said blogger Mike Morrison, “I got a chance to explore the sculpture and I was really impressed. Not that I'm an art critic, but it was really interesting to look at, it feels like it changes with every step you take in any direction and I think it'll definitely be a favourite among those who like to take photos. Almost a year after it opened, I'm still seeing some amazing photography of the Peace Bridge, I think Wonderland will be the same.
“My one piece of advice would be to definitely explore it at night. For one, the crowds are a lot quieter, we practically got to experience the whole thing by ourselves, plus the piece really comes alive when it lights up. Especially with The Bow in the background. I will definitely be back…with a better camera.”
Wonderland is the first of two public artworks, by Plensa, that will be displayed in downtown Calgary. The second will be a bronze piece titled Alberta’s Dream. It will be a self-portrait of Plensa, cast in bronze, hugging a tree.
Photo credit: Thomas Porostocky