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23 July, 2019
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1 August, 2019
Street Art Barcelona

Street Art Barcelona

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Barcelona is one of Europe’s hubs for incredible architecture and art. Most of it is displayed by various buildings or museums, however art is alive in Barcelona’s streets as well. Following the death of Francisco Franco and his regime, street art really blossomed over the past few decades. Beautiful pieces can be found all over the city! This blog is going to detail some of my favorites that I’ve noticed during my summer here…

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Poblenou

Being one of the most famous neighborhoods for street art, Poblenou is a former industrial neighborhood whose abandoned buildings are now covered in street art. I really enjoyed walking around this area because there is new art around every corner. This was the first graffiti I can remember seeing when I explored the first week. I think the shade of blue just really stood out to me.

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Poble Sec

I stumbled upon this skate park on accident on my way back from work one day, and I’m very grateful that I did. Jardins de les Tres Xemeneis was covered in unique street art. After dodging the skateboarders, I actually got to see street artists at work. It was interesting to see someone actually creating the art!

I decided to take pictures of the pieces that really stood out to me. The very first one was interesting to me because I spent a while trying to figure out what the words meant, and to be honest, I never really figured it out. I kind of like not knowing, it makes it more interesting!

The second piece, to me, represented corporate greed and how it’s consuming minds. I thought the message (or at least the one I took away from this one) was really powerful. The way it was presented was something I liked as well, because it can be interpreted in many ways there probably isn’t a right answer.

The final piece I thought the attention to detail was just really incredible. I also thought the use of colors made this piece really stand out amongst the others. I can’t even imagine how long a piece like this took to create.

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Barceloneta

Since arriving in Barcelona, I’ve been to the beach countless times. However, I had not walked around the actual city part of Barceloneta until a class trip. We were actually tasked with finding and taking pictures of graffiti we liked because there were so many pieces to choose from. My favorite is the second one because I thought the black and white was interesting and it almost looked like a faded picture, which made it even more intriguing.

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Nou de Rambla

This is a piece I see everyday going home from work! It’s painted right behind the Apollo theatre. It seems to be a series of posts because there is a piece similar to this one a few steps down. I like the contrast used between the black and white person and the sunset in the background. It really makes her pop!

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Other recommendations…

Huertos of Raval

If you’re looking to see even more street art, this is the perfect little park to sit and do just that! Located at the corner of Carrer de l’Aurora and Carrer de la Riereta, this cozy little spot showcases amazing murals and paintings.

This would be a nice place to sit and admire after a long day of sightseeing or walking. You could even bring friends and have a little picnic meal at the tables!

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La Carbonería

La Carbonería is a former Okupas building before they were evicted in 2014. The large mural pictured above of a hot air balloon remains on the abandoned coal factory as the building is protected by the council, so it can’t be destroyed or altered in any way. The artwork and details seem beautiful and would make for an excellent pit stop!

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