Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has acquired a site-specific commission by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The Grand Rapids attraction says the piece titled “Utopia” is designed to be an integral part of the new Meijer Gardens Welcome Center, opening in 2021. The artwork consists of 19-foot-tall (5.8-meter-tall) portraits of four young women of different backgrounds and nationalities. It will be located in the Welcome Center’s new Garden Pavilion room. The sculpture is being created in Barcelona, Spain, and carved from white marble.
Plensa said in a statement that “Utopia is our human landscape, a space to embrace humanity and our collective dreams.”