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Bordeaux city council has a head for figures

City council launches crowdfunding campaign to pay for giant sculpture of a woman’s head

Jaume Plensa's Sanna, 2013, installed in the Place de la Comédie in Bordeaux

The Bordeaux city council has launched a public appeal to acquire a monumental sculpture by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa currently on show in Place de la Comédie, a central square in the western French city.

The seven-metre-high work, entitled Sanna, 2013, depicts a woman’s head, and is priced between €400,000 and €600,000 according to local press reports (Plensa’s Paris-based dealer, Galerie Lelong, declined to comment on the price). Council officials say that potential donors are eligible for tax breaks. Eleven works by Plensa were sited around the city earlier this year as part of a public art programme.

French organisations are increasingly turning to “crowdfunding” to acquire major works; in 2010, for instance, the Louvre raised €1.26m towards the acquisition of Lucas Cranach’s The Three Graces, 1531, with €1m of public donations received in a single month.

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