After things here yesterday got a little too real, I’d like to get back to just talking about cool and wonderful things. Like Jaume Plensa’s new installation at Madison Square Park, entitled “Echo.” The 44-foot high fiberglass resin sculpture depicts the head of a 9-year-old girl caught in a meditative state. Set among the fresh green of early Spring, it gladdens my heart every time I see it.

Barcelona-born Plensa is one of the world’s best known contemporary sculptors — his other installations include the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park in Chicago


…the clearly related “Dream” which sits stop a hill just off the M62 in St. Helens, Merseyside…


or this from Nice, France.

Echo will be up through the summer. Do yourself a favor and go a little out of your way to see something beautiful, wherever you live. Photos only go so far.