By posing numerous dualities, such as inside and outside, light and dark, and earth and sky, his works ranges from the intimate, delicate works on paper of his ongoing Slumberland series, to monumental public projects, such as the iconic Crown Fountain (2000-2005), a modern day agora amidst the urban landscape of Chicago. Plensa unites his diverse practice to evoke inward reflection, silence, and intellectual engagement. Often, the viewer participation, or the object/viewer relationship, is what completes Plensa's work.
The winner of many national and international awards including the Honorary Doctorate from Univeristat Aut’onoma de Barcelona in 2018 and the 2013 Velazquez Prize awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry, Jaume Plensa has had solo museum exhibitions at the MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid Spain; MAMC–Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France; Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR, Brühl, Germany; and The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. He lives and works in Barcelona.