LOVE Leeuwarden
Stationsplein 1 11Fountains Leeuwarden

11Fountains Leeuwarden

Love in Leeuwarden

Jaume Plensa was approached in the bid book stage for participation in 11Fountains. He visited Leeuwarden for the first time in August 2014, where he met the mayor, some of the aldermen and the Director of Urban Development. It resulted in the invitation to the artist to think about the complete redevelopment of the area in front of the station and to have the fountain designed by him as a defining part of it.

By already involving Plensa in the development phase of the urban redevelopment, this busy and formerly chaotic area is turned into a clear, directional entrance to the city with Plensa’s Love fountain as the inescapable centrepiece.

Love’ consists of two 7 met…

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Love in Leeuwarden

Jaume Plensa was approached in the bid book stage for participation in 11Fountains. He visited Leeuwarden for the first time in August 2014, where he met the mayor, some of the aldermen and the Director of Urban Development. It resulted in the invitation to the artist to think about the complete redevelopment of the area in front of the station and to have the fountain designed by him as a defining part of it.

By already involving Plensa in the development phase of the urban redevelopment, this busy and formerly chaotic area is turned into a clear, directional entrance to the city with Plensa’s Love fountain as the inescapable centrepiece.

Love’ consists of two 7 meter high, white sculptures of a boy and a girl. They seem to be looking at each other, but their eyes are closed. The children’s facial expression is serene. Around them is a 2 meter high fog cloud in which we can wander around. ‘They are dreaming’, says Plensa. ‘For children, the future is a dream full of promises.’ The Spanish artist got his inspiration for the mist fountain when he saw the early morning mist above the Frisian fields. ‘In Friesland’, he said, ‘the water comes out of the ground.’

Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa (1955) enjoys great fame worldwide with his meter-high sculptures of mainly female heads. They offer an almost meditative look. A highlight is the Crown Fountain in the Millennium Park of Chicago, in which the faces of hundreds of inhabitants appear. The fountain ‘Love’ that Plensa designed for the renovated station area of Leeuwarden, gives the entrance of the city a powerful appeal, and is an inviting haven for rest.

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