Gambrinus – Barcelona’s Giant Lobster Statue

This funky giant prawn/lobster statue was originally part of the decor at the Gambrinus seafood restaurant.

The 10m long fibreglass sculpture was designed and built by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal.

When the Gambrinus restaurant closed the statue was bought by Barcelona city council, restored and now takes pride of place on Passeig Colom near the Port Vell.

Gambrinus - The Funky lobster statue on Passeig Colom, Barcelona
Gambrinus – The Funky lobster statue on Passeig Colom

About the Artist:

Spanish artist and designer Javier Mariscal was born in Valencia in 1950. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose works include paintings, sculptures, graphic design, interior design and landscaping.

In 1989 he formed Studio Mariscal and also designed Cobi – the mascot for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.


Passeig de Colom near the intersection with Via Laietana, Barcelona

How to get there:

The nearest metro stop is Barceloneta. The Gambrinus lobster statue is a short walk from Las Ramblas or Port Vell.

The Gambrinus giant smiling crayfish statue and the pop art style Barcelona's Head at Barcelona's Port Vell old harbour
The Gambrinus lobster statue and Barcelona’s Head

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  1. Hi. My now husband came to Barcelona in the mid 90’s and bought me an enamel pin badge in the shape of a lobster. He said the lobster was on top of a restaurant. This must be it. Unfortunately, I lost the badge. Is there anywhere in the city that sells them? Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Sam,

      It’s not something which I’ve ever looked for, but I guess they must be available somewhere, the statue is pretty emblematic.

      Have you tried the souvenir shops which are dotted along the Rambla? Another possibility would be the El Corte Inglés department store at Plaça de Catalunya which prides itself in stocking pretty much everything.

      I’ll keep my eyes open, and if I spot something suitable in the next few weeks I’ll add a comment.

      Alternatively, if you’re not in Barcelona, I found these online.

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