LAURA by Jaume Plensa

In the mesh portrait Laura, Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955, pronounced ZHOW-meh Puhlensa) explores the concept of the infinite in everyday life. The artist sees the infinite as a concept and place just beyond our own grasp and hopes to bring viewers that much closer to the dream of touching the infinite with Laura. Standing at 23 feet tall, Laura floats weightlessly in a pool of water. The pool creates a space of limitless depth and also acts as a mirror, reflecting Laura back upon herself in a continuous dialogue between the material and immaterial. The serene portrait evokes a sense of stillness and calm, in spite of being situated amidst the bustling urban landscape of Los Angeles. Integrating water–an essential element central in LA’s oceanside identity yet rare in urban spaces–creates a deeper moment of tranquility in the experience of the sculpture.

A man driving a Lincoln Continental with the top off.
A profile view of the Laura sculpture outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.
A close up of the lips on the Laura statue at night.
The Laura sculpture outside Fairmont Century Plaza.

Around Town

Fairmont Century Plaza is located on the corner of Constellation Blvd. and Avenue of the Stars, at the cross roads of where West Los Angeles and Beverly Hills convene. Our central downtown Los Angeles location allows guests to easily explore the surrounding neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood and Santa Monica.

Shopping

Spend the day the LA way —– shopping. It’s easy when Rodeo Drive in palm-dotted Beverly Hills is a mere two blocks away. Peruse luxury brands, lunch at a celebrity chef restaurant and spend the day at the area’s hottest retail district. Ask our concierge team to put together a custom shopping itinerary or to arrange for a personal shopper or private car service.