Jaume Plensa held his first solo exhibition in 1980 and has since achieved international acclaim. Among the many awards and accolades that have been bestowed on him are the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, the National Prize in Fine Arts from the Government of Catalonia and an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Plensa has exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Fundació Miró in Barcelona, the Jeu de Paume National Gallery in Paris, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, and in New York, Chicago and Tokyo.

Sculpture in public spaces is also a key aspect of his artistic output, with many pieces in Europe, North America and Asia. One of his most notable works is Crown Fountain (2004) in the Millennium Park in Chicago, probably one of the most successful public art projects of the last decade. Other notable projects are Breathing (2005) for BBC Broadcasting House in London, and Dream (2009) in St. Helens, Liverpool.