Number 26

9 Jan
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Ground floor

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend, and are ready to start a new week. I’m kicking off the week with some surprise art at Number 26. Here goes…

You may be walking along the street,  and not feel terribly inspired by what you see at ground level, but you decide to look up and lo and behold, your impression changes drastically! So it is at Number 26 of Carrer Joaquim Costa.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

First floor

I’d walked past this building many, many times and never noticed what an artful façade it has when you take the time to look up. But look up I did, recently, and I was quite blown away by what is up there.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Faux carving

It’s  a wonderful example of a Trompe l’Oeil mural. And I find it simply delightful! Just check it out. All the elements that you can find on most old buildings in Barcelona, which are normally carved, on this building have been painted to simulate carvings.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Centre detail

Painted marble friezes, and many faux marble carvings, all painted on what would otherwise be a very plain wall.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

2nd floor

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Trompe l'Oeil

As Trompe l’Oeil goes, it isn’t a great example, for it is quite coarse, but I think it’s so interesting to find it on such a plain building, in an environment that isn’t all that grand. And that is what I so love about Barcelona – how it can offer up such delightful surprises, when you least expect them!

May your week (and mine) be filled with delightful surprises, to be enjoyed and savoured!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Top floor

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