Sculptures in barcelona: Barcelona’s Great Sculptures – ShBarcelona

Barcelona’s Great Sculptures – ShBarcelona

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by Brian S

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Barcelona is a city of art, both in museums and in open public areas. The city’s culture is about freedom of expression and pride in its history, and there was a time when artists ruled the city and represented Spain in the best light possible. The passion and love that the artists put into public displays of their works represent the best of what an artist can do to share with others. Here are a few of the most famous public sculptures in Barcelona.

Related Article: Discover arts in the streets of Barcelona

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Golden Fish

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Frank Gehry, a Canadian-born American architect adds this work to his extended portfolio of public sculptures and buildings he has drawn up in his remarkable career as an architect. He is responsible for many other impressive buildings and sculptures around the world, and his  Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is considered one of the greatest architectural feats in recent history. The Golden Fish sculpture was constructed as part of the city’s facelift for the 1992 Olympics and is located along the Port Olímpic waterfront, naturally, by the Hotel Arts and the Mapfre tower. It measures 35 x 54 meters and is made from stone, steel, and glass. It’s a contemporary construction with its precious space representing the newer Barcelona.

El Cap de Barcelona

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The American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein designed a colorful and vivid representation of a woman’s head in the traditional pop art style. This sculpture was also made for the Olympics in 1992 when Lichtenstein came up with the standing piece of street art from the work of Gaudí. Lichtenstein followed up Gaudí’s noted procedure of smashing up tiles and putting them together in various forms, contributing to its surrealist look. This was Lichtenstein’s first exterior ceramic tile sculpture and arguably his best 3D work. At 64 feet high, the “head” stands at the end of Passeig Colom in front of the post office. With her red lips, thick eyelashes, and yellow, blue, and black “neck,” she’s a true representation of Barcelona’s rebirth in a new era of life and standing in the entire world.

Dona i Ocell

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Spain’s Joan Miro constructed this sculpture just before his death as a blessing to a new Barcelona, fresh from years of dictatorship. His extensive work in various art genres has long been recognized as among the most appreciated in the 20th-century, right next to his fellow Spanish artists, Picasso and Dalí. Standing in a shallow pond, the “Woman and Bird” stands at 72 feet tall behind the Las Arenas Shopping Centre in Plaça Espanya, welcoming visitors to the city. Up close, people can note the different colors intersecting with one another all the way to the top where a union of life and death is represented in the form of a woman and bird.  On a side note, the Catalan word ocell is also a nickname for a man’s penis, reflecting its phallic nature. It’s a provocative piece that could be interpreted as an act of breaking free from the old dictatorial regime and moving towards a society with freedom of sexual expression.

Related article: Sand sculptures in Barcelona

El Gat del Raval

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The Raval Cat, as it is translated, was done by Columbian artist Fernando Botero. First arriving in 1987, the sculpture was twice moved before settling into El Raval; for some reason, it was too risque for sitting in front of the zoo. But moving it here in 2003 symbolizes the radical change of the neighborhood from a scene of crime and prostitution to a trendy living and working area which is quickly becoming an attraction in Barcelona. Many people who pass by like to stop and take a selfie with the cat and its long, fat body. Botero is known for creating his figures exaggerated in size, being part humorous and part critical.  El Gat del Raval is not the only Botero sculpture in Spain, let alone Barcelona; look for Motherhood in Oviedo and Caballo con Bridas in Bilbao.

Barcelona’s art is a big tent of influence that lives on today. It’s a city proud to awe and shock the public in different ways, including its sculptures. Placing the new within the old has always challenged the old standing of what art should be, and continues to defy the traditional ideas of what is appropriate to display in open public areas. These are just a few pieces that define Barcelona’s cultural liberation.

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Top 5 Public Sculptures to see in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city full of creativity. There is art around every corner, whether it be a beautiful building, colourful graffiti, an interesting event poster or an eccentric public sculpture. Artists seem to come from far and wide to get a taste of the creative force oozing out of the city. As a result, there is a lot of local and international art found throughout. 

This is especially true when it comes to Barcelona’s public artworks. There are many, many examples of all sorts of artworks dotted all over the city. A guide to all the best ones would be endless and so I have put together this list of my Top 5 Public Sculptures to see in Barcelona. While only one of the works on this list was designed by a Barcelona-born artist, each piece is adored by locals as an icon of their city. Read on to learn a little more about them!

1. Find yourself greeted with a smile at ‘La Gamba’ by Javier Mariscal

‘La Gamba’, or ‘The Shrimp’ is a quirky work created by Javier Mariscal. Mariscal is known to have a flair for bringing colour and interest into everyday life. And this is very much true of Barcelona’s favourite prawn!

‘La Gamba’. Image sourced from the Estudio Mariscal official website.

La Gamba was initially commissioned for a seafood restaurant named ‘Gambrinus’ and was completed in 1988. Sadly, the restaurant closed down a few years later. As La Gamba had become a notable icon, the Barcelona City Council made the decision to purchase the sculpture and restore it to its former glory. La Gamba remains in the same place for which he was intended, even though Gambrinus does not. 

Mariscal’s sketches of ‘La Gamba’. Image sourced from the Estudio Mariscal official website.

This ‘artistic intervention’ (as Estudio Mariscal terms it) is a friendly addition to the Port Vell area of Barcelona. 

ADDRESS: Ronda Litoral, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Metro Station: Barceloneta


. Marvel at the abstraction of Joan Miro’s ‘Woman and Bird’

If you are familiar with Spanish art, you must know of Joan Miró and his colourful work. Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miró was far ahead of his time when it came to his abstract, surrealist style. A few of his works can be found dotted around the city, though Woman and Bird is probably the most well-known public installation by Miró.

Joan Miró’s Dona I Ocell. Image by Martin Péchy, sourced from Pexels

The sculpture is located on one end of the Parc de Joan Miró. The piece was completed in 1983, right in the midst of great change for Barcelona and its creative, artistic community. The work includes many of Miró signature elements, including mosaic, primary and complimentary colours and abstracted symbolism. 

ADDRESS: Parc de Joan Miró, Carrer de Tarragona,08014 Barcelona
Metro Station: Tarragona


. Grab an Insta-snap at the famously friendly ‘Cat’ by Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero is a Columbian artist, well known for his voluminous animal sculptures. Barcelona is lucky enough to be home to two of them. The first is located in Barcelona’s El Prat airport (terminal 2B) and is of a bronze horse.

The fat Cat, also fondly know as ‘El Gato Gordo’. Image by Lalupa, sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

The second Botero sculpture in Barcelona is The Cat. This piece came to Barcelona in 1987. It is now located in the Raval neighbourhood, though it has lived in many areas of the city.

The fat Cat, also fondly know as ‘El Gato Gordo’. Image by Lalupa, sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

Also crafted from bronze, this public artwork is hard not to adore. The friendly and cuddly nature of the animal, despite its solid material form, makes it a favourite among children and adults alike.

ADDRESS: Rambla del Raval, 08001, Barcelona
Metro Station: Paral·lel, Liceu

During the early ‘90s, Barcelona underwent massive transformation in preparation for the 1992 Olympic Games. Many dilapidated areas of the city were restored and new energy was brought into them over this period. Art played a large role in the upliftment of such areas. The below two sculptures are now Barcelona icons, as a result of this effort.


. Stand in awe under the dappled shadow of Frank Gehry’s ‘Peix’ (or ‘Fish’)

This sculpture by Canadian architect Frank Gehry is the largest public artwork on the list. It is an impressive 56 metres long and reaches 35 metres high. Like many of the contemporary public sculptures in Barcelona, Gehry created the Fish for the Olympic Games in 1992. The sculpture is typical of Gehry’s bold, shapely style.

Frank Gehry’s golden Fish.  Image by Isiwal, sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

Interwoven stainless steel strips create the golden mesh surface of the Fish. The sun bounces magically off these ‘scales’ and creates dancing reflections very similar to those that glisten off the ocean beside it.

Interwoven stainless steel strips make up the shape of the sculpture. Image by Ardfern, sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

The piece is a strange and wonderful addition to the city’s promenade.

ADDRESS: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta – Port Olímpic, 08005
Metro Station: Ciutadella Vila Olímpica


. Wonder at the eclectic ‘Barcelona Face’ by Roy Lichtenstein

On the opposite end of the promenade, you will find an artwork by another famed artist from across the Atlantic Ocean. Roy Lichtenstein, the famous Pop Artist born in New York, is the name behind this one. The Barcelona City Council commissioned him to create the sculpture in the early 90s.

Roy Lichtenstein’s El Cap de Barcelona. Andy Mitchell from Glasgow, UK.

Lichtenstein designed the sculpture and Diego Delgado completed the piece in April, 1992. Lichtenstein found a lot of inspiration for his works from comics. You can find allusion to this in ‘Barcelona Face’ but in a more abstracted way than some of his other work. Also included are his characteristic ‘dots’, which pay reference to traditional printing methods. 

An interesting addition that is not so characteristic of Lichtenstein however, is the use of mosaics over much of the surface of the work. It is thought that this technique was incorporated as a homage to Barcelona’s beloved Gaudí.

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ADDRESS: Moll de la Fusta – Mirador del Port Vell
Metro Station: Barceloneta


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Monuments, sculptures, monuments of Barcelona – this is a separate chapter of a thick, incredibly fascinating novel called “Barcelona”. In this section we will
to talk about what we know and love ourselves, and what we show our tourists every day, among other things – about the monuments and monuments of Barcelona.

Barcelona is a city of eternal celebration and bright sunshine. Only those who have never been at 9 can disagree with this.0007 Barcelona never visited. And even then, this disagreement is before the first visit.

It is also a city of creativity. A city that literally provokes creative exploits, as if right here: in the carnival, with a slight touch of crazy, the atmosphere of the Catalan capital
special hormones are produced that are responsible for our ability and desire to create something of our own, unique and new in the world of art.

About the “crazy”, which, however, can be called differently: an individual author’s view – I mentioned it for a reason. There are many monuments and monuments in the city – and many of them are easily
put the inexperienced tourist in a dead end.

The author’s idea of ​​the creators is so intricate and deep that it is completely, at first glance, impossible to understand the meaning and purpose of these strange creations of an almost alien mind – which,
By the way, that doesn’t make them any less interesting.

I would like to tell you about some of the brightest representatives of the world of monuments, sculptures and monuments of Barcelona.

So, the “Head of Barcelona” – and what, I must say, the head! Over 15 meters high and weighing 90 tons! This remarkable “head” was built in 1991-92,
right before the Olympics. Author – Roy Lichtenstein, one of the most prominent figures of pop art, a friend of Andy Warhol himself – is it a joke?

In passing, I note that the main direction of Roy Lichtenstein’s work was still painting. His paintings, as a rule, resemble rather mediocre
executed comics, and for this, apparently, the reason they are sold at auctions “Christie” and “Sotheby’s” for a lot of money… read in full

And again, the work, located on the waterfront and arose during the preparation of Barcelona for the Olympics. Port warehouses, which until then had completely blocked the townspeople’s access to
sea, were demolished in the late 80s, and the entire coastal area along Columbus Avenue was built up with cafes and restaurants.

One of these establishments called “Gambrinus” was designed by the architect Alfred Arribas, whose closest friend was a designer, painter, sculptor and generally very
multi-talented man – Javier Mariscal… read in full

Once on Picasso Avenue in Barcelona, ​​an inquisitive tourist can freeze in complete bewilderment at a strange structure: in the center of a small artificial
pond rises a glass cube with an edge of 4 m, inside it – fragments of heavily used antique furniture, metal beams and, in addition, all this splendor cheerfully and non-stop
water flowing! Marvelous? Marvelous! In the meantime, everything will be explained quite simply … read

Walking somewhere near the Quarter of Discord, it is hard not to notice it – this giant sculpture-installation of the Barcelona avant-garde artist, world-famous artist
Anthony Tapies.

As many times I had to be convinced during excursions in Barcelona, ​​an inquisitive tourist, with rare exceptions, will definitely notice this strange structure on the roof
modernist building, will be surprised, puzzled and ask: “What is this?”. .. read in full

The work that we are going to talk about in this article is not exactly a sculpture – it is rather a type of wall art, something that in Spain
called the word “mural” (from “muralla” – wall).

But it is located on the street, accessible to the public and, in our opinion, very good – therefore it deserves a separate story.
Meet: the wonderful work of the Catalan master Joan Fontcubiert – “The world is born in every kiss”… read in full

Appeared in 2016, installed a stone’s throw from the building of the Catalan Palace
, this massive, four and a half meters high, cast iron sculpture invariably attracts the attention of townspeople and tourists who, being close to “Carmela” (precisely
this is the name of this sculpture), invariably begin to behave in a rather strange way – approach, move away, describe circles of various diameters around it . .. All this is not accidental – this
the wonderful work of the Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa has an interesting optical effect… read

In the Villa Olimpika area, right next to the twin skyscrapers – the building of the Arts Hotel and the bathhouse of the Mapfre insurance company – you can see a no less strange
an 18-meter-high structure: on the longest bending metal legs, a huge mask-face hangs, gaping with holes, reminiscent of ghost films so beloved in childhood.

By the way, I have these thin long, I would say, “crane”, and even better, “dragonfly” supports immediately evoke in my memory the painting by Salvador Dali “The Temptation of the Saint
Anthony” (1946). It seems that the author of the sculpture drew inspiration from the painting of his famous fellow countryman.

And why not, especially considering that the name of the author of this monumental work is Anthony Liena? “Antoni” is just the Catalan version of the name
“Antony”, so my version seems more than plausible. .. read

Juan Miro, or, in Catalan, Joan Miro, is a versatile artist with a worldwide reputation, born in Barcelona. It should be noted that since the 1940s, Miro has been actively working in
ceramics, creating the main obzraom monumental wall panels (murals). These works of the artist can be seen, for example, in Cincinnati, at Harvard University and in the UNESCO building in

It is clear that the native city was not deprived of the attention of the artist: in 1968, Miro made a giant mosaic panel for El Prat airport in Barcelona, ​​and a little later
I decided to add two more works to it, one of which was Miró’s mosaic on the Ramblas, and the other – the sculpture “Woman and Bird”, which will be discussed in this article… read in full

Mosaic by Barcelona native and famous artist Joan Miro on La Rambla is one of three works
Masters who must meet guests of the Catalan capital from the sea, from land and from the air: a wall panel at Barcelona Airport (air), a sculpture “Woman and a Bird” (land), and a mosaic, which will be discussed in this article – the sea: boulevard la Rambla, in the very center of which it is located, is the main pedestrian artery,
connecting the promenade and the port with Plaza Catalunya. .. read in full

Another sculpture that owes its appearance to the streets of Barcelona to the 1992 Olympics. We are talking about a gigantic, no exaggeration, work under
unpretentious name “Matches”.

Located in the upper zone of the city, in the good district of Horta-Ginardo, this monumental structure by an American sculptor with Swedish
roots, Klas Oldenburg – impressive… read more

Yes, here is such a “Wounded Star” – four rusty cubes of iron and glass leaning in all directions, ready, it seems, are about to collapse, as if folded by awkward
with the hands of a child a toy house – but continuing to stand.

The author of this sculpture-installation is a red-haired German woman Rebecca Horn, a recognized master of contemporary art, who once found herself restless in Barcelona
a twenty-year-old girl – and sick of this city forever, as happens to many . .. read

If there is a “Head” among Barcelona’s monuments, then, following simple logic, there should be “*oops” – and, imagine, there is!

In the area of ​​Villa Olimpika, in the park of Carlos the First, very close to Moskva Street, a huge seven-meter bronze “opa” rises – that’s exactly what, “El Culo”, is called
this masterpiece of modern art is the work of Eduardo Urculo, an artist from the small but proud Basque Country.

“*opa” appeared in a Barcelona park in 1999. According to the author of the work, this is not just “*oops”, but also a dedication to Santiago Roldan, president of the Olympic
Holding in 1989-1993… read more

The “fish” of Barcelona should be seen by everyone – and many of those who have been to Barcelona have probably already seen it – without knowing that it is she. To do this, we have to go
to the Olympic port. As we have already said, the Olympic Port of Barcelona is one of the numerous and glorious acquisitions of the city, which is directly related to the hosting of the 9th Olympic Games in Barcelona.2.

It is in the Olympic Port that the two tallest buildings in the city, the so-called “twin towers” – the Arts Hotel and the head office pierce the clear Barcelona sky.
insurance campaign “Mapfre”. And in the same place, near the water, the famous Barcelona “Fish” is comfortably located – a gigantic sculpture by Frank Gehry… read more

If an inquisitive tourist, exploring the inexhaustible treasury of Barcelona sights and starting from Plaza Catalunya, descends along the famous La Rambla
about the middle, and then turn left, onto Hospital Street, and walk along it for another five minutes – he, to his considerable surprise, will again find himself on a street called “The Rambla” – in
Barcelona is possible and not such miracles!

True, a small clarification should be made – this is not the simple and familiar Rambla, but the Rambla del Raval – the main boulevard of the most, perhaps, criminal
district of Barcelona’s capital. .. read more

As befits any canonical sculpture of Barcelona (the city, avant-garde beyond measure), the work of a well-known in Spain and beyond the modern
Valencian sculptor Andreu Alfaro called “Waves” least of all resembles what she, in fact, is – that is, a street sculpture. Seven steel tubular arches, polished
in the mirror, they meet and see off the guests of the city at the pier San Bertrand… read in full

Once in Barcelona, ​​it is unlikely that you will pass by one of the most beautiful streets of the city: Rambla Catalunya. To be in Barcelona and not walk around this cozy, built-up
the most beautiful modernist mansions on the promenade, which, moreover, is one of the main shopping arteries of the city – pure blasphemy!

And once there, of course, you will pay attention to a pretty bronze bull, frozen on a pedestal in a deeply thoughtful pose. .. read in full

The “Giraffe-Coquette”, laid out at ease on the Rambla Catalunya in Barcelona, ​​is another wonderful sculpture by Josep Granier, whose “Thoughtful Bull” we have already talked about.

But if “Bull” was born as an ironic parody of the powerful “Thinker” by Auguste Rodin, then the source of inspiration for “Coquette Giraffe” was
perhaps the most famous sculpture by Antoni Canova “Pauline Borghese as Venus”… read

Strolling through the picturesque historical center
Barcelona, ​​you will certainly find yourself in Saint James Square, where at the time of Jesus Christ the forum of the Roman colony of Barcino was located, and today there is the building of the City Hall of Barcelona and
The Generalitat is the government of Catalonia.

Standing in the center of the square, to the right of the facade of the City Hall and a little in the depths, you will certainly see this strange structure that will plunge you into at least bewilderment –
thick steel bars twisted together and reaching far into the sky . .. read

Once in the Barcelona area of ​​​​Villa Olimpica, you will definitely notice her – a three-meter bronze figure, decorated with bright colored highlights, protruding from
kind of framework.

It is interesting that in Catalan “marc” just means “frame”, but the name of the sculpture beats not only this moment. Mark – the name of the son of the author of the sculpture, Robert
Llimos, who tragically died in 1995 – so the sculpture is nothing more than a tribute to the memory of a beloved child – which, you see, gives the work a somewhat tragic shade, if,
of course, to know this story… read in full

In Barcelona, ​​as you know, there are two patron saints at once: Saint Eulalia, whose relics rest in the Cathedral, and the Virgin of Merce, who has her own church
with the same name.

This wonderful temple is located in the wilds of the Old City, in the lower zone of the Gothic Quarter, where not everyone gets there – therefore, by and large, it is not known to the general public. .. read more

Topos V is a piece of monolithic iron in the form of a dihedral angle on the base, weighing 7 tons, installed on the main site of medieval Barcelona – on the square

The work of the sculptor Eduardo Chillida, traditionally causing bewilderment, and even ridicule of numerous visitors visiting this
gloomy and at the same time endlessly picturesque corner of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter… read

If you stand right in front of the main facade of the Cathedral of Barcelona, ​​on the right hand you can easily find fragments of Roman, the oldest in the city, fortresses
walls, and even one of the arches of the ancient Roman aqueduct – an old water pipe, through which water once flowed into the city.

Just next to this arch, located diagonally in relation to it, you will see those very massive, bronze,
letters covered with patina – BARCINO, which will be discussed in this article. .. more

Once in the upper zone of Diagonal Avenue – not quite a touristy and very fashionable part of the city of Barcelona, ​​\u200b\u200byou,
of course, you can’t help but see the huge blue-black complex of the head office of the La Caixa bank, the largest in the Kingdom of Spain, and next to it – the very structure that makes up
the subject of our conversation… read more

The Olympic dog Kobe is the creation of the Valencian avant-garde designer Javier Mariscal, known for another of his works, which we have already written about –
“Shrimp” (La Gamba).

This peculiar animal lives (more precisely, a bronze sculpture dedicated to it) in the Olympic Park of the Olympic Village, which is understandable – a dog
Olympic!.. more

Monument-fountain “Catalan Genius” is located a stone’s throw from the church Santa Maria del
, on Marquis Argentera Avenue – and attracts attention not only with its pompous neoclassical appearance, but also with a modest name.

Modesty – and in general a distinctive feature of the Catalans (Barcelonians in particular), and the monument that we are going to talk about – it is quite
corresponds to… more

Once in the main square of Barcelona – we are talking, of course, about Plaza Catalunya – you simply cannot help but notice this
a monumental and completely incomprehensible structure, located very close to the beginning of the Ramblas. The inscription carved in stone on the front side of the monument: “A
Francesc Masia” – is also unlikely to add clarity. The structure, in a word, is extremely incomprehensible – just one of those that we like to describe … more

Glory came to the architect after a considerable time after his tragic death – through those who survived their creator and truly only now shone in full
the power of architectural masterpieces created by this man who shunned hype and publicity. Barcelona and Antoni Gaudí are now synonymous, inextricably and forever linked.

In this regard, a natural question arises. Is there a monument in the city of Barcelona to the man who glorified this city? The answer is positive – yes! .. more

Once in Barcelona, ​​sooner or later, you will definitely wander into the seaside district of the city under the pretty name “Barceloneta”.

It is there, closer to the water, on Joan Bourbo Avenue, that you will find a bronze sculpture with a noble patina of very strange and abstract outlines –
just the ones we like to write about… read more

In 1907, in Citadel Park , the first of the proposed
a series of sculptures depicting prehistoric animals that once inhabited Europe – “Mammoth”. Entire generations of young Barcelonans “ride” on the giant trunk of the “Mammoth”, which, by the way, became the first
sculpture in Barcelona, ​​made of reinforced concrete. .. more

This sculpture, which appeared on the streets of Barcelona relatively recently and is located a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona, ​​at first glance may seem
the most that neither is ordinary. It is dedicated to the man who was shot at 1940th by the Francoists to the President of the Catalan government, Lewis Compans. However, the main character is a young girl with
handkerchief in one hand and a rose in the other. Who is she? It turns out that there is a whole story behind this character.. .read more

The monument to Narcisse Monturiol (1963) by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirax is located on Diagonal Avenue, at the intersection with Girona Street.

In order to understand the essence of the monument, it is necessary to mention in two or three words about the deeply unusual Catalan, to whom this book is dedicated.
work… more

The monument to one of the prominent representatives of the Barcelona House – Count Ramon Berenguer the Third, nicknamed “The Great” (1082-1131) is located in
Gothic Quarter Barcelona, ​​next to the old Roman defensive walls, on which
later, already in the Middle Ages, the royal chapel of St. Agatha was erected… read

Today, this truly monumental bronze, sandstone and limestone structure can be found in Tetouan Square in Barcelona.
Eixample area.

Surrounded by trees, the monument to Dr. Robert quietly dozes away from the beaten tourist crowds, with its massive paws
pedestal painfully reminiscent of the famous Pedrera Antonio Gaudi.

But no – the author of the pedestal is Luis Dumenek i Muntaner, who created in
Barcelona has a number of outstanding architectural masterpieces, the most famous of which are the “UNESCO-wearable” Palace of Catalan Music and the Hospital of the Holy Cross and St. Paul – that is, the master, also in all
respects worthy… more

The author of the sculpture “Two”, or, in literal translation, “Pair” (1998) is the Chilean artist and sculptor Lautaro Diaz Silva. Silva was born in
Valparaiso, however, has long been fond of the old Europe and currently lives in Berlin.

Before settling on German soil, Silva managed to live and study art in Poland, and then in Barcelona, ​​Spain, where at 1982nd
Graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture.

Actually, studying in Barcelona, ​​during which Silva managed, as usual, to fall in love with the charming capital of Catalonia, and was the reason that
on the waterfront, opposite the Old Port of Barcelona, ​​and the “Pair” he created settled down … read more

A wonderful monument-fountain by Josep Viladomat, dedicated to Raquel Meller, can be easily found exactly at the intersection of the avenue
Paral-lel with Nou de la Rambla street, in front of the entrance to the picturesque cafe “Artist’s Corner” and directly opposite the one that once thundered and set the tone, as they say, and now
the ruin of the theater “Arnau”.

“From Barcelona to Raquel Meller” – reads the inscription embossed on the pedestal. Who is she, Raquel Meller, who was admired by Sarah Bernhardt and Charlie Chaplin, moreover,
the latter was even going to shoot her in his film “City Lights” ..?

Who is this “beautiful Raquel”, who began her career in Barcelona and lived the last years of her life here, moreover, to see her on her last journey
a hundred thousand people gathered? .. more


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Woman and Bird by Joan Miro. The Face of Barcelona by Roy Lichtenstein. “Cloud and chair”: the spirit of surrealism in the center of Barcelona.

Woman and Bird by Joan Miro

The great painter and sculptor Joan Miro left an impressive legacy to his descendants, most of which is now concentrated in Barcelona. It is no coincidence that the João Miro Foundation is located in this Spanish city, which has up to 300 paintings, 150 sculptures and more than 8,000 drawings. Let us dwell on a very original creation of the great author and the statue “Woman and Bird”.

This extraordinary statue is one of João Miro’s last works. It is located between Plaza España and Sants railway station. The monument is a 22-meter statue resembling a female figure, decorated with pieces of colored ceramic tiles, just in the spirit of Miro. Initially, the sculpture was called “Mushroom Woman with a Moon Hat”. However, as the work was completed, the author himself called the creations “Woman and Bird” or, as it sounds in Catalan, “Dona i Ocell”.

By the way, both in the title and directly in the work itself, many see sexual overtones.

“Face of Barcelona” by Roy Lichtenstein

American artist and graphic designer Roy Lichtenstein created a model of a unique sculpture called “The Face of Barcelona” (La Cara de Barcelona). The monument was built by the engineering company Steyco and the Catalan sculptor Delgado.

The sculpture is said to reflect the modern face of Barcelona as it has become since the Olympic Games 1992 years old However, there is an opinion that the faces of celebrities are encrypted in it.

The very nature of the execution of the statue is very interesting: it seems to be watching the bustling life of the Catalan capital. As for the style of performance, it is close to the work of Gaudi or that same Miro, if we proceed from the color scheme.

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