Jardins de les 3 Xemeneies or Gardens of the three chimneys is the most urban of Barcelona’s urban parks.
Located near Montjuïc in the Poble-sec neighbourhood, the park gets its name from the three brick chimneys, which are all that remains of an early 20th-century power station built by the Barcelona Traction Power and Light Company.
The park is dominated by three large concrete walls where graffiti artists can paint without fear of being fined.
The project aims to promote the regeneration of urban areas by encouraging street art and was inspired by similar projects in cities like Philadelphia and Miami.
There are currently five open walls areas in Barcelona, of which the 3 Xemeneies is the most centrally located. All the others are in the Poblenou neighbourhood.
Local and international artists can sign up online to paint a specific section of wall on a given date. The end result is a continuously changing open-air gallery of graffiti and street art.
The murals at the Jardins de les 3 Xemeneies are painted over on a weekly basis. Several blogs and social media profiles aim to capture the ever-changing panorama.
Avda. Paral-lel 49, Barcelona
How to get there:
The park is a few metres from the Paral-lel metro station on the green and purple lines (L3 & L2)
Other attractions nearby:
- The Maritime Museum
- The Christopher Columbus Monument
- La Carbonería (the coal house)
- Sant Pau del Camp Monastery