In May 2011 artist Jaume Plena installed his 44-foot-high sculpture “Echo” in Madison Square Park. This was the costliest project up to that time by the Madison Park Conservancy. The materials were a mixture of polyester resin, white pigment, and marble dust.
This sculpture was preceded by a 66-foot high “Dream” in St. Helens, near Liverpool, England in 2009. He was also responsible for the “Crown Fountain” at Millennium Park in Chicago that was installed in 2004.
The artist in describing this work and others said: “My intention is to offer something so beautiful that people have an immediate reaction, so that they think, ‘What’s happening?’ And then maybe they can listen a little bit to themselves.”
Monuments: The Poetry of Dreams, The New York Times, May 5, 2011.