Mirror: Rice University's Newest Installation

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​​Situated at the heart of Rice University's campus, "Mirror," a piece of two 148-by-96-inch stainless-steel figures by Jaume Plensa, a Barcelona-born artist and sculptor, is Rice's newest permanent art addition. 

The two figures face each other, as if engaging in conversation, elevated on a platform with lights that illuminate the installation at night. The frontal face area of the sculptures has an opening, allowing people to step inside and experience the art in a new perspective. 

This installation, similar to Plensa's other works, is a cast-iron sculpture with large relief written text in many different languages, joined together to create a see-through effect that almost makes the sculpture melt into its background. 

Plensa, an internationally acclaimed artist whose works have been featured in prestigious locations such as Millennium Park in Chicago, said on a visit to the Rice campus that he was inspired by the image of students talking under the oak trees in between Brochstein Pavilion and Herring Hall.

"Mirror" will be the newest addition to the Rice Public Arts Program, part of President David Leebron's vision to create more arts awareness on campus. Other pieces include "Lift" at Rice's Gibbs Recreation Center, as well as the upcoming James Turrell Skyspace installation by the Shepherd School of Music.

Rice University will hold a dedication of "Mirror" in the Central Quad by Herring Hall, where the sculpture is located, on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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