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Meijer Gardens acquires artwork ‘Utopia’ for welcome center

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — 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 , which opens 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 says in a statement that “Utopia is our human landscape, a space to embrace humanity and our collective dreams.”

Meijer Gardens already is home to Plensa’s “I, you, she or he.,” a gift from Fred and Lena Meijer that includes three figures seated on boulders.

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