An outdoor figurative sculpture that has towered over the Toledo Museum of Art’s main campus landscape for the last six months will now be a part of its permanent collection. The museum’s board of trustees unanimously approved the acquisition Dec. 8 of Paula, a 23-foot bronze sculpture by Barcelona artist Jaume Plensa.
In November 2012, Jaume Plensa oversaw the installation of his large-scale work Laura on the Albright-Knox’s campus. This twenty-foot-tall sculpture of a female head is the artist’s rendering of a fourteen-year-old family friend from Barcelona who the artist chose as a subject because he felt she embodied a classic and timeless beauty. Plensa intentionally depicted the girl with her eyes closed to emphasize the world of dreams and ideas possible to a youth of that age.