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Submarine in Barcelona

15th September 2015
Ictineo by Subirachs, Barcelona

One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious sculptures in unexpected places.

Here’s a sculpture of a submarine by Josep Maria Subirachs at the junction of Avinguda Diagonal/Carrer Provença and Carrer de Girona.

The sculpture commemorates Narcís Monturiol’s invention of the first submarine, Ictineo II, powered by an engine.

Here’s a detail of the underside:

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The Inventor

Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol (b. 1819 — d. 1895) was a curious character, in all senses of the term. He was a Utopian communist and a friend of Ildefons Cerdà, the engineer who designed the Eixample.

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The Artist

Josep Subirachs, who died last year, is the same artist responsible for the Passion Facade on the Sagrada Familia, and the large sculpture of inverted steps (Monument to President Macià) installed in Plaça Catalunya.

The nearby bar-restaurant, Morryssom, has a few prints by Subirachs in the downstairs bar.

Here’s a detail from the base of the sculpture:

Ictineo, Subirachs

 

LINKS:

Here’s a Wikipedia page in English about Ictineo II, the submarine featured above: HERE.

Here’s a Wikipedia page in English about Narcís Monturiol: HERE.

Here’s a Wikipedia page in English about Josep Maria Subirachs: HERE.

Here’s my Spotted by Locals write-up about Morryssom: HERE.

And, here’s a link to an interesting feature about submarines in Barcelona: HERE.

Enjoy discovering sculpture in Barcelona.

Sculpture

The Pigeon Girl in Plaça del Diamant, Barcelona

8th September 2015

One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious sculptures in unexpected places.

Pigeon Girl Sculpture, Plaça Diamant, Barcelona, Bill Sinclair.JPG2

Here is a sculpture by Xavier Medina Campeny, a representation of La Colometa (the Pigeon Girl), or Natalia, the main protagonist of Mercè Rodoreda’s novel, In Diamond Square (previously published as In the Time of the Doves).

This powerful, human-sized sculpture is situated in Plaça del Diamant, Gràcia.

Here’s a detail of the pigeons:

Pigeon Girl Sculpture, Plaça Diamant, Barcelona, Bill Sinclair.3

Here’s a photo showing something of the context taken from the terraza outside Café Diamant:

Plaça del Diamant, Gràcia, Barcelona, from Café Diamant

LINKS:

Here’s my write-up at Spotted by Locals: HERE.

Enjoy discovering sculpture in Barcelona.

 

 

Sculpture

Anne Frank in Barcelona

11th June 2015
Anne Frank in Gràcia, barcelona

One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious architectural details and sculptures in unexpected places.

A sculpture of Anne Frank in Gràcia, Barcelona

In Gràcia, on Travessia de Sant Antoni, midway between Carrer d’Astúries and Carrer del Montseny, you’ll find the little square, Plaça d’Anna Frank and a sculpture of Anne Frank. She reclines on a canopy affixed to the Centre Artesà Tradicionarius — a cultural centre dedicated to the production and promotion of catalan music and dance.

Sculpture of Anne Frank in Gràcia, Barcelona, by Bill Sinclair.

The scuplture is by the Catalan artist, Sara Pons Arnal.

An inscription inside the book reads:

“While even the names of her executioners are gone, she lives on. But may the long shadow, and the river of blood and tears and mud and mourning that snuffed out so much beauty, never return, the symbol of which was a young girl in bloom.”

Enjoy discovering sculpture in Barcelona