Iron art

18 Jul
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Passeig de Gràcia

By now, you are already aware of the fact, that buildings are pretty embellished in Barcelona, and that this is one of the aspects that I find inspiring of this lovely city. Today I have some images of wrought iron as used around town for you. Enjoy!

Starting with one of Gaudí’s lampposts from Passeig de Gràcia (above) and behind it, one of the chimneys on the roof of Casa Mila, also by Gaudí. As with many decorative elements of that time, the bat plays a prominent part in the design, ‘flying’ above the crown.

Below, another traditional Catalan animal: the dragon. Here used to decorate the hooks at the top of a building on Carrer Gran de Gràcia, used to attach pulleys, when moving furniture into and out of there. Pretty, eh?

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Gran de Gràcia

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Gran de Gràcia

Twists and curls decorate the grille above that protects the mirrored window from unwanted trespassers, and organic plant motifs attached to sinuous Art Nouveau swirls grace the balcony below.

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Portal de l’Àngel

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Passeig de Gràcia

Two details of Casa Amatller on Passeig de Gràcia (right next to the more famous Casa Batlló, by Gaudí) show a profusion of flower details and leaves which are very life like. Great workmanship!

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Passeig de Gràcia

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Carrer Pelai

Two more examples of excellent workmanship (above and below), this time with a green coating on each. People sure decorated their buildings back then, both with wrought iron details and painted ones!!

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Gran de Gràcia

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Gran de Gràcia

Using flat iron strips for great effect by waving it or ‘cutting’ it into various shapes, creating the gorgeous bay window above and the very simple but effective door grille below, where the vertical spokes are made from twisted square rods.

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Carrer d’Àngel D. Baixeras

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Passeig de Gràcia

Seriously impressive is this gate (above) on Passeig de Gràcia. Using very simple elements, it’s the repetition and profusion of these that create a stunning and very ‘opaque’, imposing gate. This one guards COS, a shop I really like. And there is another one just like it next door, guarding another high street shop.

Below, a much more classical, baroque design, using leaves and fruit has been used to create a ‘grille’ to protect the entrance to a building. As a result of the various curliqueues and oval with fruits, as well as the leaves that have been used in abundance, this grille looks ‘friendly’ as opposed to the above gate which is very stark.

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Passeig de Gràcia

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Ronda de la Universitat

Gracing the façades of two restaurants, gold leaf on a curly, very simple leaf design (above) and stark black to create the name of a famous hangout for artists at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. The inside of the 4 Gats is well worth a look too.

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Passatge Patriarca

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Passatge Patriarca

Flowers on mesh, both above and below, create a lovely ballustrade for this passage from one building to the one opposite, and the balcony of a large window emulating a bat which looks a lot like a butterfly (tee hee!).

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Passeig de Gràcia

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Carrer Nil Fabra

Up in Gràcia, I found this window boxed in with pretty wrought iron details, and just around the corner from the Cute Suite, this modern piece of art, depicting a skyline of antennae decorates the wall above a studio that has a very lush terrace.

Is wrought iron used where you live? Or was it in the past? I think it’s an art form that should be preserved and cherished. What do you think?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Plaça dels Àngels

2 Responses to “Iron art”

  1. Vasare July 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    great post, enjoyed reading it photographs are stunning!

    http://vasare.wordpress.com/

    • Lisette van de Graaf July 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks very much for the compliments – I’m glad you are enjoying my blog!

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