A Jaume Plensa quote I read last summer, on why he uses faces in his art:
For me, a face is not a reproduction of someone, it is a way of talking about the artist. The face is also a gift for others, one part of our body that we cannot see naturally. I am interested in the relationship between body and soul, and the way, as they say, the face is a portrait of a soul.
from Crown Fountain’s Creator adds pieces for 10th anniversary, by Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, Arts & Entertainment, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The context of the quote was Plensa discussing his work in Millennium Park, Crown Fountain and the new sculptures (including Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda) which were installed for the park’s 10th anniversary.