9/4/14

Barcelona: City of Art

One thing I took notice of on my trip to Barcelona was the art sprinkled around the city.

Barcelona Face by Roy LichtensteinBarcelona Face by Roy Lichtenstein

It ranges from famous artists like the Barcelona Face by Roy Lichtenstein (above) to the relative unknown (at least to me), like the one below.

Sculture in Barcelona, Spain

Two of my favorites are Onades (Waves) by Andreu Alfaro...

Onades (Waves) by Andreu Alfaro: sculpture in Barcelona, Spain

and La Gamba (the prawn) by Javier Mariscal.

La Gamba by Javier Mariscal: Sculpture in Barcelona, Spain

Why, you might ask?  Well, I love the flowing form of the waves.  There is something very peaceful and meditative about it.  And how could you not love the giant prawn?!  It appeals to my sense of humor.

David and Goliath sculpture by Antoni Llena in Barcelona, Spain

I called this one the funny face because it looks like a flat face on skinny legs.  But it is actually called David and Goliath.  Antoni Llena is the artist.  What do you think it looks like?

Sculpture in Catalunya Plaza, Barcelona, Spain

This upside down staircase was right outside of my hotel in Catalunya Plaza.  It reminds me of the crazy stairs in Harry Potter.

Sculpture playground in Barcelona, Spain

This sculpture that looks like a dinosaur or dragon is actually a playground with slides and bridges.  Every angle turned up something new.

Woman and bird: a sculpture by Joan Miro in Barcelona, Spain

I'll end with one of Barcelona's more famous sculptures, Woman and Bird by Joan Miro.  It was originally titled "Lady-Mushroom with a Moon Hat".  Which title suits it better?   Either way, it is another great free work of art on display in Barcelona.  I just barely touched on the subject in this post.  There are so many more to discover in this fabulous city.

8/27/14

Park Guell: Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell is yet another unusual Barcelona sight.  It's really amazing to me that one architect can have so much influence over an entire city.  Without Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona would not be the same.

7/27/14

Eating at Cerveceria in Barcelona, Spain

If you go to Barcelona, Spain you are going to walk down las ramblas at some point.  We actually went down it every day for one reason or another.  I kept seeing this one restaurant that looked inviting, so we finally gave it a try.

Cerveceria on las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain

I liked the look of the building and the dark wood inside the restaurant.

7/10/14

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Happy travel bug at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Famous landmarks are interesting to me.  A lot of times I wonder why they became so famous in the first place.  La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain is one of those famous landmarks.  It is certainly unique and interesting to explore, but I think another reason that it is so famous is the original architect himself, Antoni Gaudi.
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