Care to join me for a bit of art today? There is plenty of it to be found on Barcelona’s streets, and the artists’ names are often well known too! Let’s wander around town, and I’ll show you…
Above is the much photographed (usually with people clambered onto its back) cat by Fernando Botero, which you can find a couple of blocks from the Cute Suite, on the Rambla del Raval, in the shade of the palm trees that surround it.
Below, some temporary art on the side walk of Carrer Àngels. Simple, yet very effective. This is the stuff that delights and inspires me when I walk around town.
A large piece in black and white, by Eduardo Chillida, graces one of the walls that surround Plaça dels Àngels, right by the Macba (Barcelona’s Museum of Modern Art).
And a little further along the same wall, but higher up, a piece that was no doubt inspired by M.C. Escher‘s graphic work, although I am ignorant of who actually made this.
A local artist who is very prolific and works mainly with items found discarded on the streets, is Francisco de Pájaro. The image above is one of his ‘tamer’ examples, for his art is explicit and very confronting.
In contrast, the façade of the COAC is sweet and child-like with its Picasso etchings. You can find the COAC close to the cathedral, and I recommend you check it out, for they have great exhibits inside.
Beside the entrance to one of the buildings that house the Elisava (a renowned design college) a large panel in bronze. I don’t know who the artist is, but I like it. If anybody knows, please send me a message, I would love to know who the author is.
Below, a funky lobster by Javier Mariscal, who also designed the mascot for the 1992 Olympic games, which took place in Barcelona and caused such an important renovation drive at the time, putting Barcelona ‘on the map’ internationally, and jump-starting the influx of tourists that we still enjoy to this day…
To wrap up our tour of art on the streets, a sculpture aptly named “The head” (below) by Roy Lichtenstein, which can be found at the intersection of Via Laietana and Passeig de Colom, right by the Old Port. As Lichtenstein is my brother’s favourite artist, I’d like to dedicate this post to him. Eric, I love you.
Tomorrow, a very special post. I’m saying no more – come and check it out!