Standing very still

5 Jan
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Carrer Banys Nous

To me a good statue is one that looks like the subject has been frozen in place, in the middle of an action. That is kind of what I feel like at the moment, for I have yet to determine my course of action for 2012, and so I feel like I am standing very still, just like a statue…

Barcelona has lots of statues. Some standing on squares, lots more standing on corners or in niches of buildings, like these here (above and below) or gracing their façades.

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Passeig de Gràcia

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Plaça A. Garriga Bachs

This group (above) is rather striking, mostly because of the way they have been framed by the details on the wall behind it, and also thanks to the contrast in colours of the green bronze, greyish and sand-coloured stone and pinkish bas-relief.

As we saw yesterday, the tops of buildings can be very richly decorated, and the grander buildings often sport statues of any number of characters or other carved elements. An example of the statue variety, is the building on the image below.

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Rambla de Catalunya

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La Rambla

There are also statues that stand alone, and these can often be found on squares, but in this case (above and below) also along the side of an avenue, such as La Rambla. I’ve always liked this one, for it is very lifelike, and maybe also because of the gruff look of the man… I wonder if it is because he is fed up of being poo’d on by pigeons?

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Close up

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Plaça de Goya

On a leafy, triangular square (what a contradiction!) that lies between Carrer Muntaner, Ronda de Sant Antoni and Carrer Sepulveda, there is not one, but two statues. They are quite different from one another, both in style as in subject matter, and certainly in the spirit they exude. My favourite of the two is the one below, of the little children playing with a tortoise. Not for its style, but for the joyfulness it portrays.

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Plaça de Goya

If you are in town this evening, be sure to catch the parade of the Three Kings who will arrive in Port Vell and make their way through the city, starting at 6.30pm at Parc de la Ciutadella, continue along Avinguda Marquès de l’Argentera, Via Laietana, turn towards Plaça Catalunya at Plaça Urquinaona, and continue along Carrer Pelai, Ronda de Sant Antoni, Carrer Sepulveda and finish near Plaça Espanya. It is usually quite spectacular and worth seeing, especially if you have kids with you. More about the Three Kings tomorrow.

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