Cobi – Barcelona’s Olympic Mascot

Statue of Cobi. Barcelona's Olympic mascot was designed by Javier Mariscal for the 1992 Olympic Games

With it’s heady mix of culture, beaches, history, architecture and night-life Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. The tourist boom started in 1992 when the city hosted the Olympic Games and embraced the opportunity to promote and reinvent itself. Cobi – Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Mascot No Olympic Games would be complete without an …

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La Carbonería – From Urbanistic Innovation To Graffiti Covered Squat

The main facade of the graffiti covered La Carboneria in Barcelona's Sant Antoni neighbourhood

In a city replete with stunning modernista architecture designed by renowned architects such as Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it may come as a surprise to find that one of Barcelona’s most photographed buildings is an abandoned squat whose most notable feature is a huge street art mural. The building in question is …

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Antoni Llena’s Chicken Wire Tribute to Castellers

Close up of the chicken wire statue in plaça de Sant Miquel showing how the stainless steel pipes which make up the statue are twisted together.

Located in Plaça de Sant Miquel behind Barcelona’s City Hall, this unusual 26.5m high stainless steel tower by Antoni Llena i Font was unveiled in 2012 during the Feast of Santa Eulalia. The statue is titled Homenatge als Castellers and is a tribute to the emblematic human towers which are a traditional feature of public …

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Jardins de les 3 Xemeneies – Barcelona’s Graffiti Park

Monkey graffiti artist painted on one of Barcelona's first legal graffiti walls in the Parc de les 3 xemeneies

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 it’s name from the 3 brick chimneys which are all that remains of an early 20th century power station built by the Barcelona Traction Power and Light …

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