Image: Courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
"[The letters in my sculpture] are completely random. I wanted to take the biological part of the text, the cell. One letter is like a cell. But with another it can compose a word, a word becomes a text, a text with a text becomes a culture. It's like our body, the little cells can compose something more complex, which is our body. Also very similar is a metaphor of a community, a single person seems nothing, but together with another person could make a family. A family with a family could make a neighborhood, a city, a country, a continent. It's a collage of small elements to make something bigger."
Jaume Plensa in conversation with Robert Michael Poole, Blouin Artinfo, 1 December 2014