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7 pieces of pop-up architecture in Barcelona

7 pieces of pop-up architecture in Barcelona

Discover these temporary works before they're gone!

Barcelona is a city of art and to mark the 300th anniversary of the terrible events that took place on September 11th, 1714. You cannot miss this celebration in a city that's worthy of its reputation as a leader in art and culture.

Discover in this article the 7 works of art and concepts that architects all over the world have joint together in a bid to represent Barcelona in the 18th century, together with their connection with the present and future.

1. 'Memoria'

Memoria, Barcelona Sculpture

'Memoria" (Memory) is the concept expressed through a structure found in front of the Arc del Triomf. It symbolizes a house, its roof in rectangular form shows photos from scenes of everyday life in Barcelona.

The walls are made of ceramics and are examples of the typical homes in the Barcelona area from prehistory right up to the modern age.

Finally, the floor, and original topography of the area and its evolution over time. The house of Memoria invites us in to look around and talk, but above all remember.

2. Identidad

Identidad Barcelona Sculpture

Identity, the concept that this next structure represents, is one of the most important during the tricentenary celebrations. You can find this one right in front of the cathedral of Barcelona.

It shows the idea of an absolutely dynamic and interactive identity. A sign of a change of values in the era of globalization.

3. Ciutadella Graffiti

Graffiti in Ciutadella, Barcelona
Graffiti in Ciutadella

There is an installation in the Parc de la Ciutadella that is beautiful spray paint art across a long wall. The work symbolizes the walls in which we live in Barcelona from day to day, the ones that protect us yet divide us. A contradiction that we have come to depend on for better or worse.

4. Diversidad

Skateboarding in MACBA
Diversidad Sculpture

Located in Raval, 'Diversidad' represents the transformation of the Plaza dels Àngels, from being a densly populated area to an open plaza with just 3 buildings. The t-shirts hanging as they do, represent the homes that were once here, as it's a custom in Barcelona to hand your clothes out the balcony to dry, at the same time it's also a metaphor of the bunting that they use during celebrations on the very same plaza today.

5. Democracia

Democracia sculpture in Barcelona

A large blue hand that floats about the Plaza de la Mercè might not say much to you, but it symbolizes democracy. It aims to promote and reaffirm liberty amongst the people and the protection of human rights of the citizens; one of the four pillars of democratic societies.

6. Libertad

Tree of books in Barcelona

What better symbol for liberty and expression than a book?. The structure on Plaza Salvador Seguí show us various trees made of books. The books of this sculpture are interpreted as symbols of knowledge and knowledge is the maximum expression of human liberty.

7. Europa

Swings on Barceloneta beach

This piece on Barceloneta beach is dedicated to the youngest of society and is a path that has various swings. It is a sequence of individual moments and experiences with the objective of tying it all together into one unique and collective experience.

This is where it gets the name 'Europa' from. The birth of Europe: a union between various countries and cultures that eliminates borders.

You can find all of these works throughout the streets of central Barcelona during September. If you are travelling to Barcelona, then don´t miss out on the chance to see these 7 exclusive works, created by the most famous architects in the world!

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Marina D'Ecclesiis Marina D'Ecclesiis Website
Italian Journalist and photography aficionado. I am literally in love with Barcelona, the city where I have lived for three years. I love strolling through the streets and immortalizing every detail of this beautiful city with a simple snap of the shutter.

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