Barcelona's Face

The colour and size of the sculpture Barcelona's Face makes it impossible to miss

Sculptor: Roy Lichtenstein, signed
Materials: 8 pieces of precast concrete reinforced with stainless steel fibers, post-tensioned and covered in ceramic over a dyed concrete base
Inauguration: April 7, 1992

At the beginning of the 90s, Barcelona underwent a transformation that had as its objective the modernization of the infrastructures of the city but also the recovery of many areas then degraded. The Port Vell underwent a total remodeling and with it appeared new works of art that embellished it. One of the letters of presentation of the Olympic Games is this piece by American graphic artist and sculptor Roy Lichtenstein, which Diego Delgado carried out between 1991 and 1992. Imposing, the sculpture rises up to 15 meters high on the Paseo Colom, very close to the Post Office building, drawing its characteristic profile against the blue sky of Barcelona.

From many points of view, it shows a face or a head that is born from a background of red points in relief. The shape of the monument seems to emerge from brusque, colorful and free brushstrokes. In fact, it is part of the Lichtenstein's series entitled Brushstrokes. Framed in the artistic current of Pop Art and influenced by the aesthetics of the world of comics, the monument is a tribute to the city that was to host the 1992 Games and its most famous architect: Antoni Gaudí. Obviously, the coverage of the work with mosaic makes clear reference to the Gaudíesque aesthetic.

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  • Moll de la Fusta - Mirador del Port Vell

  • Bus 14, 59, 64, 120, D20, H14, V17
  • Bus Turístic Museu d'Història de Catalunya

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