The Heart of Trees (Jaume Plensa)
"The Heart of Trees" consists of several seated self-portraits of the artist, cast in bronze, with his arms and legs wrapped around living trees. The artist's hope is that the trunks of the trees will eventually grow into the figures so each truly exists as one.
For Plensa, the body becomes a vessel for information, a surface on which to record words. The figures are inscribed with names of composers, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók, and George Gershwin. By naming particular composers, the viewer's own memories of hearing songs are brought into the experience of the work, providing an interactive dimension to the sculptures, which are placed in a new context each time they are displayed.