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Monumental sculpture emerges from shallow waters

By Martin Macdonald

Six monumental sculptures by New York-based artist Manolo Valdés (b. Valencia, Spain, 1942) are on show at the City of Arts and Sciencescultural and architectural complex in Valencia, Spain until 10 December 2017.The large-scale women's heads, originally displayed at the Place Vendôme in Paris last year, have been installed in a shallow pool adjacent to the otherworldly Santiago Calatrava-designedScience Museum.

Rising up from shimmering turquoise waters, the heads- up to five metres high - include various adornments. The stone-like aluminium-cast La Mariposa (The Butterfly) features a giant butterfly headdress, Los Aretes (The Earrings) sees two massive orbs protruding from the sides of a head, and the wing-like swirls of the steel and iron La Diadema (The Headband) invariably attract the viewer's gaze.

Mariposas (Butterflies) sees a multitude of beautifully dark butterflies fluttering around while the exquisite La Doble Imagen (The Double Image) features tw…

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