Josep María Subirachs

November 30, 2006 at 5:28 pm 3 comments

I’ve never been accused of rapidly clicking into something. Alex knew this trait of mine for a long time and always waits for my “eureka” to come. In truth, she’s already suggested it months ago. Anyhow, this post is about Josep María Subirachs, a catalan artist born in Barcelona 11 March 1927. To read more about his interesting life and see other works go here.

About a month ago, Alex and I went to Mercé, a fiesta here in Barcelona. We were down in Placa de Sant Jaume in Bari Gotic and found that the public were permitted to tour the Generalitat, a governement building facing the square. It’s actually Palau de Generalitat and was built in 1596 so we were really interested in touring. Once inside, I came across this wall with an impression embedded in the wall.

Jump ahead a few months to Nov 25. That’s the day we went hiking in Montserrat. When we were walking from the cathedral to the cafeteria, Sebastian pointed out another sculpture. It had the same style as the photo above.

Here’s a close up of the face. It’s as if someone imprinted their face in the rock. To view it is really amazing, it changes with the light.

As if this discovery wasn’t fateful enough, Alex and I were walking home last night and passed Banc Sabadell building on the Passeig de Gràcia. This is what we saw ……….

Actually, these last pieces were what sparked my interest. Here’s some detail of this piece which is part of dual works. The face will turn as your viewing perspective changes.

The labirynth on top of the pedestal. I have no idea as to the meaning of the items in the relief.

And here’s the right side of the piece.

and a detail of this piece ………

Much to my surprise, I found out that this other piece, which is right around the corner from our apartment, was also created by him.

It’s amonument to Narcís Monturiol. who is the real inventor of the submarine. It was created in 1963 of concrete and copper and is approx 420 cm. high.

I think this is pointing the way to a project. The artist has many pieces here in Barcelona and around Spain. I should try to find as many as I can before I go back to Canada,

Entry filed under: academic, Alan's Blog, Art, Barcelona, Blog, Catalan, Culture, Montserrat, Spain, Subirachs.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jota  |  November 30, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    Hey Alan,
    I visited your lastfm profile and they said our musical compatibility rating are very high!

  • 2. Maureen  |  December 12, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    My husband and I were in Barcelona recently and went to Sacred Family and Montserrat. I was also fascinated by this man’s sculptures. Our guide, at Montserrat, pointed out how the face in the sculpture of St. George (the one pictured here) changes with perspective and the eyes follow you. It was eerie and wonderful. Did you see the other Subirachs’ sculpture at Montserrat? It was the tower of blocks of stone at one of the points over looking the valley.
    Can’t wait to re-visit Barcelona!!

  • 3. Alan Bell  |  December 12, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Maureen
    I didn’t see the other piece in Montserrat but I’m discovering others here in Barcelona. You’re right about the eyes, they do follow you. Thanks for the visit and comment.


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