Graffiti Spotting in Barcelona
Last year I posted Graffiti Spotting in Bristol, and after being taken aback by the sheer expanse of street art in Barcelona, I couldn't help but bundle all of my photos together to create another graffiti-spotting post.
Whether it was an elaborate pattern, bunch of tags, or a seemingly tailored piece relating to the establishment tucked away behind the colourful metal, almost every shutter I came across adorned some form of art.
It was easy to forget that Barcelona is a city much like London is a city; a place that prides itself on its assortment of tastes and styles, yet I didn't expect to see a clash between delicate and grunge so drastically. I could look one way to see an ornate building and the other for a spray painted piece, then turn a corner to see the two working together harmoniously.
It's rad to think that Barcelona boasts grandiose art like Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, which is so strategically and intrinsically beautiful, as well as the freehanded bold lines and rainbows that come from spray cans... Talk about chalk and cheese!
If I had to choose a favourite piece, it would most likely be the hat-wearing crocodile, or what I interpret as an eye looking out from the swirls of colour.
I don't have much to say about the crocodile, apart from the fact it's SO cool. The shades of purple and peach it's filled in with are gorgeous, and the choice of pose immediately makes me think of The Fonz saying "Aaayyy!"
The eye looking out from the swirl makes me think of the ocean. The swirls feel very natural, much like rolling waves, and the eye-like central shape looks as though it could belong to a fish... Perhaps even a rainbow trout... But I also really love that it is completely open to interpretation. Who knows what it could be?