My questions about our sculpture at the water (Atwater Park) in Shorewood created by artist Juame Plensa have been answered after reading Debra Brehmer's article of October 6, 2010 in the Wisconsin Gazette.
Now I can read Plensa's piece purely as art, what is referred to as public art and as an “interactive experience with viewer and site.” (Brehmer). Brehmer says, “the solitary pensive form speaks of aloneness.”
But this figure has already in my mind received the name Lenny and I hope he won't mind its personal nature as I personally welcome him to Shorewood and shall try to keep him from being lonely. His name shall only be between the two of us.
In Lenny's contemplation of this great element of nature, our lake and the universe beyond, he brings me the message of what a precious place we have here. Lenny will of course convey individual messages to others and perhaps different ones everyday as he observes and thinks, thinks and observes.
Perhaps, Lenny will now emphasize the importance of this site in Shorewood and its worthiness as indicated by the very cost of his own birth.
Now Lenny, you are one of us and each of us shall try to interpret your daily contemplations. I'm jealous of your constant view. But together, we shall flow along the path of our planet within the universe and as Plensa says “humbled” by it.