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The Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa is a busy and much sought after artist, represented in public places and galleries all over the world and several times seen on TE. A few days ago I travelled across Stockholm to see his eight-meter tall cast iron sculpture called 'Carlota', temporarily shown on a lawn in a traffic circle in the northern part of the city.

I consider myself lucky to have arrived at Carlota at the same time as a school class and their art teacher. I was less happy to find that the weather had changed from quite sunny to very dull while I was on my way in the metro.

Just a few blocks away from this place I visited a gallery presently showing several works by Plensa. One of them is in the WS. On my way home I made a short stop in the city centre where a work by Plensa is permanently placed. See it in the other WS.

I didn't have time to visit a new luxury hotel in the city where another woman's head by Plensa is permantly displayed.

Three years ago I saw a Plensa exhibition in a park area on a much brighter day and in a nicer environment:

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In the background of the main photo is one of two 'Norra tornen' (Northern Towers, designed by the Dutch architecture office OMA), the most recent highrise buildings in central Stockholm. The other one is just outside the photo. There are very few such tall buildings in the "inner city", where the local politicians are anxious to preserve the traditional skyline.

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