The Spanish sculpture trail
If the idea of being herded around an art gallery or museum doesn’t appeal, but the local art does, why not keep an eye out for these notable works on your next holiday to Spain? In fact these sculpture-filled destinations might just help you decide where to venture next.
Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands and has a distinctive volcanic landscape. Amongst its surreal black sand and urban settings you’ll find the work of Arrecife-born Spanish artist Cesar Manrique. Along with his architectural delights including a cave nightclub called Jameos del Agua; his sculptures dominate the low skyline. You will find them all over the island and are the perfect thing to do when on a cheap travel adventure.
Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s sculptures compete with Mediterranean Sea views on a breezeway called Avenida del Mar. Marbella may seem like an unlikely location for Dali’s work, but former mayor Jesus Gil purchased them as a centrepiece for the newly renovated Alameda Park. Sculptures include Dali’s lover Gala Gradiva, Don Quijote Sentado, Caballo con Jinete Tropezando and Gala Asomada a la Ventana to name but a small selection. You can also see his Rinoceronte Vestido con Puntillas on the Cristamar roundabout on the way to Puerto Banus.
The iconic work of Antoni Gaudi can be seen and explored in Barcelona. Primarily an architect, Gaudi lent his unique style to the design of gardens, decorative art and sculpture as well as the design of buildings. Showstoppers include Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Bellesguard, Casa Milà, Palau Güell and Casa Calvet. Park Güell was built with the aristocracy in mind when it was commissioned by Eusebi Güell. Today you can see Gaudi’s sculptures here, including his famous dragon fountain in all its colourful mosaic-tiled glory as it lays in-wait at the entrance of the park.