RALEIGH, N.C. – Three new works by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, a gift from Capitol Broadcasting Company, will adorn the lobby of the new N.C. Museum of Art building when it opens in 2009.
The gift was announced about a year after Jim Goodmon, president and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting, withdrew a $2.5 million donation to fund a major work by Plensa on renovated Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.
Goodmon pulled the funds in the wake of considerable controversy over the planned exhibit, which the city manager and other opponents said was a poor fit for the new street and unaffordable.
The Plensa sculptures purchased for the Museum of Art are titled Jerusalem I, II and III and are made from translucent polyester resin, lit from the inside to give off a strong white glow.
Words from the Song of Solomon, a book of the Old Testament, are etched on the surface of each sculpture.