WHAT do St Helens and New York have in common? Answer: They’ve both handed over millions of pounds to Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa for a 40ft statue of a sleeping girl.
Plensa’s Dream statue has been a fixture of the St Helens skyline since it was first unveiled in 2009.
Now the Big Apple has followed suit with it’s own version of Dream - this time called Echo.
Like St Helens’ Dream, Plensa’s latest work is of a young girl with her eyes closed in a seemingly trance-like state.
And while our Plensa classic is seated on the site of a former mine in Sutton Manor, New York has had to for settle leafy Maddison Park on Manhattan Island.
Stading at 44ft and made from fibreglass, Echo was inspired by the nine-year-old daughter of a restaurant proprietor near Plensa’s home in Barcelona.
Almost identical to the St Helens landmark, Echo has already been well received by the New York art world.
“The Madison Square Park Conservancy is thrilled to present the New York City public art debut of Jaume Plensa, an artist who has contributed so much to the field of contemporary art in cities all around the world,” said Debbie Landau, President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Gary Conley, St Helens Council’s arts and resource manager and one of the driving forces behind the St Helens Dream project, said: “It’s fantastic to think that we’ve stolen a march on New York – a major centre of the global art market.”