spain. barcelona. public art.

pa barcelona botero cat

What: Botero’s cat / El gato de Borteo

Where: at the southern end of Rambla de Raval, Raval (Metro: Parallel, Liceu or Drassanes)

About: The huge cat sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero was purchased by the city of Barcelona in 1987. Since then the cat stood at various spots around the city, such as the Parc de la Ciutadella or the Olympic Stadium. Since 2003 it’s in its current location: the lively Rambla de Raval.

pa barcelona cat raval

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pa barcelona homenatge a picasso

What: Homage to Picasso / Homenatge a Picasso by Antoni Tapies

Where: on Passeig Picasso, next to Parc de la Ciutadella and the Umbracle

About: In 1981 the Barcelona council picked Antoni Tapies to create an artwork to honor Barcelona’s most famous artist: Pablo Picasso. The 4x4x4m glass cube in a water pool is filled with everyday objects, such as a dresser and chairs, but also iron bars and ropes. Water is flowing from the top of the cube along its walls and hinders a clear view of what’s inside.

pa barcelona homage to picasso

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pa barcelona dona i ocell

What: Woman and Bird / Dona i Ocell by Joan Miro

Where: Parc de Joan Miro (Metro: Espanya or Tarragona)

About: This 22-meter high sculpture was completed by spanish artist Joan Miro in 1982, just one before he died at age 90. It is covered with colorful tiles and standing in a pool at the south-western corner of the park named after the artist. Dona i Ocell is one of three Miro art works commissioned by the city of Barcelona; the other two can be found on the Rambla and at the airport El Prat.

pa barcelona joan miro

More public art in Barcelona: Matches by Claes Olenburg in Vall d'hebron and some street art finds.
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