By Bernie Petit
The concept of a universal language is embodied in Ainsa III, a 12.5-foot-tall sculpture located in the UNC Charlotte Center City plaza adjacent to First Ward Park.
Created by world-renowned, Barcelona-based artist Jaume Plensa, the public work of art is made of die-cut stainless steel letters from nine different cultural alphabets used around the world. Each letter, selected for its aesthetic beauty, was hand-assembled to form the silhouette of a seated figure in continuous flow.
The sculpture was commissioned by Queen’s Table, a group of anonymous donors who celebrate Charlotte by funding public art projects to enhance the quality of life in the city.
For more information on public art in Charlotte, visit artsandscience.org.
This article ran in the August 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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