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 in Dreta de l’Eixample 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:
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.
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:
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.
The streets of Barcelona comprise a battlefield which has hosted, and continues to host, skirmishes and more enduring clashes between armed police and local people.
The streets of Barcelona have seen fierce battles over issues such as workers’ rights, the all-pervasive influence of the Church, education, Republicanism, a Stalinist coup, representative democracy, national independence, workers’ self-management, property speculation, squatters’ rights, forced evictions and revolution.
The city’s layout has been largely informed by the needs of the army.
- Via Laietana, was deliberately created to allow cavalry units to disperse hostile crowds forming outside the inner city walls.
- Avinguda Diagonal was created to enable rapid access to the heart of the city by troops based in barracks in Gràcia and Pedralbes.
- Parc Ciutadella was once the site of an enormous miltary citadel.
- The castle on Montjuïc, was only handed to the city in 2008; until 1963 it was a prison run by the military to incarcerate and sometimes execute, dissidents.
1976: Los Grises on Passeig de Sant Joan
One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious architectural details in unexpected places.
You could be on a shopping expedition — the above entrada in L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample is adjacent to a Bon Preu supermarket — or out with friends — this magnificent entrance is just a few metres from the restaurant, Gresca — or just taking a stroll, and pass by a beautiful entrance.
Look — but don’t intrude
It’s difficult sometimes to not stick your nose in, take a gander and snap a few photos.
PLEASE DON’T — unless it’s a civic building, hotel or office building. The residents won’t like you for it, and the portera/o [concierge] will almost certainly hustle you out of the building and call the police if you resist.
You could politely try asking the portera/o if you can take a few photos — some will oblige (while keeping a very close eye on you) but many won’t.
Instead, linger a little, savour the moment and walk on slowly by.
I am a frequent guest to this apartment building and enjoy the trust of both residents and the portero.
This apartment building has featured in a few movies, the most recent being, Mientras Duermes (While you sleep) although titled, Sleep Tight, in English — a creepy and coldly credible horror flick.
Here’s a close-up of the relief work adorning the walls:
Stair rail and newel:
Lift/Elevator Doors — showing ironwork, stained glass and woodwork:
Here are two photos of the interior window casements:
And here’s a snap of an interior window in the lift/elevator shaft:
Here are two photos of an apartment exterior door:
And, finally, a view of the entrance looking toward the exterior doors:
Enjoy Barcelona’s architecture.
Because they are good and tasty, and it’s fun.
Slugs and flowers? Why not? Protein and fibre like you’ve never tasted before.
One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious and ornate public utilities in unexpected places.
Drinking water fountain at the junction of Avinguda Diagonal with Carrer Còrsega