The most impressive sculptures in Barcelona are so abstract  you need to search their meaning in Wikipedia.

Catalonia is surrealistic. Dalí could not have chosen a better place to born. This madness is also present in our urban landscape, as you can see in these sculptures in Barcelona. There’s no need to drink absinthe as Picasso used to hallucinate, here a tour through the most bizarre monuments of the Catalan capital.


Their name in English would be Starwatchers and they’re floating In the waters of Barcelona’s ancient port. Robert Llimós designed them in 2005 in honor of those dreamers who find their inspiration in heaven. A touch of originality in Rambla de mar.

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Maremagnum’s Miraestels, Barcelona.



He arrived Barcelona in 1987 but didn’t find his place in the Rambla del Raval until 2003. Although he was expelled from Ciutadella park, LLuis Companys Olympic stadium and Drassanes, he finally conquered the hearts of locals and tourists. It is assumed that if you touch the balls and make a wish, it is granted.

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Botero’s cat in El Raval.


The Bull

In Rambla Catalunya 18 there is a sculpture by Josep Granyer i Giralt that reminds us of Rodin’s Thinker. Nothing to envy the one they have on Wall Street.

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The Thinker Bull in Rambla Catalunya.


The Giraffe

It is also a work by Josep Granyer i Giralt and imitates Antonio Canova’s Venus Victrix. Both sculptures were an initiative of Amics de La Rambla to protect the street from a City Council project that wanted to turn it into an urban artery.

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The Giraffe.


The face of Barcelona

If Barcelona were a woman, what would it be like? Roy Lichtenstein, exponent of North American pop art, answered that question on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games. You can see it in the area of ​​the Moll de la Fusta.  If you look closely, it represents a woman with her hair in the wind. The red spots sparkling her face are a tribute to Gaudí.

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La Cara o Cabeza de Barcelona.


Gamba or Gambrinus

La Gamba or Gambrinus is a Mariscal artwork presenting a crayfish. It was inaugurated in 1989, when Moll de la Fusta was invaded by restaurant due to the Olympic Games. Many of these establishments (including the Gambrinus itself) closed forever but in 2004 the City Council acquired and restored this prawn with lobster legs. Today, it is one of the most photographed sculptures in Barcelona.

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La Gamba or Gambrinus, by Mariscal.


Tribute to Picasso

This controversial sculptural group was projected by Antonio Tàpies in 1982. It is a large glass cube on a fountain from which water falls. Inside, there is a mirror, a sofa and a closet tangled in white sheets quoting Picasso: “A painting is not for decorating a room, but a weapon of attack and defense against the enemy”. Tàpies wanted to evoke the time the painter spent in Barcelona, which is explained here.

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Tribute to Picasso.


Dona i Ocell

Translated as Woman and Bird, is one of the last works by Joan Miró before his dead. Unveiled in 1983, it is one of the attempts of the artist to bring contemporary art to all society. A few years before, in 1976, he installed a mosaic in La Rambla which became an icon of the city. The same with Dona i Ocell. It represents the figure of a woman on which a bird perches. Art experts claim it is similar to the Sagrada Familia or the Columbus Monument.

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‘Dona i Ocell’, Joan Miró.


David and Goliat

Located in Plaça dels Voluntaris Olímpics, it is another of the many sculptures in Barcelona that were erected to celebrate the arrival of the Olympics. Built in 1992, it symbolizes the contrast between the disappeared neighborhood of Somorrostro, full of barracks, trash and precariousness and the wealthy  Vila Olímpica, today a high-level area.

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‘David and Goliat’.


Els Mistos

Claes Olderburg is known for carrying large-scale objects of daily life. That’s what he did with Las Cerillas, a sculptural group that he designed with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. It was inaugurated in the Vall d’Hebron in 1992, in front of the Pavilion of the Republic. If you want fire, you know where to find it.

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Els Mistos.