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Jaume Plensa's 9-foot-tall glowing "Tattoo" sculpture, on display at Duke's new West Campus Plaza through May 2007 - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RICHARD GRAY GALLERY, CHICAGO
  • Photo courtesy of the Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
  • Jaume Plensa's 9-foot-tall glowing "Tattoo" sculpture, on display at Duke's new West Campus Plaza through May 2007

Jaume Plensa is the Spanish artist whose proposed public installation, "City Square," was the object of so much controversy in Raleigh. While some of the city's better tastemakers quietly dismissed the design as uninspired, bureaucratic caution and political infighting doomed the project.

While the citizens of Raleigh battled over Plensa, the Nasher Museum at Duke University cultivated a relationship with the artist. This Sunday, Oct. 29, he will be in Durham to give a free lecture, "Human Nature," at 3 p.m. at the Nasher Museum.

Furthermore, a 9-foot-tall glowing sculpture by the artist will be installed on Duke's new West Campus Plaza on Friday, Oct. 27. The sculpture, made from polyester resin and stainless steel, is called "Tattoo" and will be on display through May 2007.

For more information on Plensa's talk, call 684-5136 or go to


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