Monumental Waterfall (Parc de la Ciutadella)
Sculptor: Josep Gamot, signed
Design: Josep Fontseré
Materials: White marble
Amfitrita is the main one of the nereids - the daughters of Nereo and Doris - and the woman of Neptune. Although this nymph of the sea is the woman of one of the main Olympic gods, it has never been a central figure in classical mythology. Normally it is represented surrounded by a group of nereids and marine animals or next to her husband, and is a very unusual figure outside of sculptural groups that are not integrated in a fountain.
Although the sculpture made by Josep Gamot is an individual sculpture, it is paired with Manel Fuxà's Neptune, as can be seen from the clear symmetry of the two sculptures with respect to the central group of the fountain. In addition, both direct their gaze towards the sea horses, while they separate their respective tridents from the central group -a spear, in the case of the goddess. While Neptune, on the left side of the figure of Venus, withdraws the trident with his right hand with an energetic gesture. Amfitrita only leans gently on his spear, with a very serene position, which contrasts so much with that of her husband, of contained energy, as with the dynamism of the figure of Venus. The representation of Amfitrita with a spear is not usual, since it is not an attribute of her, but of her husband - the well-known trident - and here it must be interpreted as a formal element that highlights the symmetry of the two figures.
The work of José Gamot responds to the training he received at the Nobas workshop, where the technical capacity was mainly worked on. The good invoice gives the sculpture a certain elegance, although hieratic.
S. Pere, S. Caterina i La Ribera
- Parc de La Ciutadella
L1 ARC DE TRIOMF