Internationally Acclaimed Artist Jaume Plensa Presents 2010 Wilsey Lecture

Monday, November 15, 6 pm, at Stanford University

Stanford, California — The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces this year's Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Distinguished Lecture by internationally acclaimed artist Jaume Plensa, on Monday, November 15 at 6 p.m. Admission is free, with open seating.

"Plensa is one of the world's foremost sculptors, with outdoor projects and commissions for public spaces in Spain, France, Japan, Israel, Italy, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada," said Cantor Arts Center Director Thomas K. Seligman. "Stanford University is considering a commission of a significant outdoor sculpture by Plensa for the campus. He is also a dynamic speaker, and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Stanford to give this year's Wilsey lecture.”

Plensa is best known in the United States for his spectacular work in Chicago's Millennium Park, The Crown Fountain, with changing LED projection of faces on glass towers, sprays of water, and reflecting pool. Plensa, who has received many international awards, has lived and worked in Berlin, Brussels, England, and France. He currently resides in Barcelona, Spain, where he was born in 1955.

The lecture by Plensa is being presented at McCaw Hall, in the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, just off Campus Drive East, in the northeast quadrant of the Stanford University campus (between Stanford Stadium and the Main Quad). As Embarcadero Road enters campus, it becomes Galvez Street. Parking is free on campus after 4 p.m. weekdays (and all day on weekends) in visitor parking spaces and in A and C parking lots. For information about the lecture, call 650-723-3469 or visit the Cantor Arts Center's Web site at

The Cantor Arts Center's Wilsey Distinguished Lecture is made possible by support from Bobbie and Michael Wilsey. Among previous speakers in the series are W. Richard West, former director of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; scholar William Gerdts, a leading authority on American painting; and renowned artists Wayne Thiebaud and Claes Oldenburg.

The Cantor Arts Center is closed on Monday and Tuesday, and open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm, Thursday until 8 p.m., with free admission. The Center is located on the Stanford University campus off Palm Drive. For Cantor Arts Center visitor information, call 650-723-4177 or visit

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See Plensa's work in Chicago's Millennium Park on YouTube.
Jaume Plensa's web site:

Contact PR Assistant Manager Margaret Whitehorn, at
650-724-3600 or, for Plensa's biography or an interview with Director Thomas Seligman or
Curator of Contemporary Art Hilarie Faberman.

Jaume Plensa
We, 2009
Painted stainless steel
Exhibited at the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, 2009-2011

Jaume Plensa
Alabaster series, 2009
Installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

Jaume Plensa
Sho, 2007
Painted stainless steel

Jaume Plensa
Crown Fountain, 2005
Millennium Park, Chicago