Surprising Street Art in Poblenou

Barcelona has lots of street art and public art, ranging from graffiti to large and impressive statues and murals by famous artists.

On my way to the beach this morning I noticed this interesting series of modified road signs at the bottom of the Rambla de Poblenou. There are about a dozen of these “modified” signs in all. I’ve no idea who the artist is or how long it will be until the signs are replaced. Check them out if you can, perhaps one day they’ll be in a meuseum?

Swinging Man - Graffitied roadsign Barcelona
Swinging Man
"Modified" No Entry Sign on La Rambla de Poble Nou
“Modified” No Entry Sign
Man in Stocks, Graffiti in Barcelona
Man in Stocks
Man Sawing Wood
Man Sawing Wood
Bird, Street Art in Poble Nou
Bird, Street Art in Poble Nou
Pacman eating a no entry sign, Barcelona
Pacman eating a no entry sign, Barcelona

What do you think of these modified street signs? What’s your opinion of graffiti in general? Is it art or an act of vandalism? Do you know the artist responsible for this interesting series of works? I’d love to hear from you…

Update 19th of May 2013

Since I wrote this post, the modified signs have been extending along the Rambla de Poblenou. There are now modified signs along the full length of the Rambla, from the seafront to Av. Diagonal. I was surprised that the street signs haven’t been replaced or painted over. A bit of investigation online revealed the reason why.  Apparently these modified road signs are the work of French artist Clet Abraham. Clet lives in Italy and has similar work in other European cities including London, Paris, Florence and Rome.

You can see more examples of his work herehere and on his facebook page.

In April Spanish newspaper el Periodico published this article about the street signs in Poblenou.

Update Feb 5th 2014 The modified signs have been slowly disappearing (rather than painting the signs Clet uses stickers). This afternoon I saw only 4 modified signs along the whole length of the rambla.

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2 thoughts on “Surprising Street Art in Poblenou”

  1. That’s awesome! I totally missed Clet’s work when I was in BCN. When I return to the city, I will have to make sure I pay attention to the street signs :D

    • Hi Chanel,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      You’ll have to be quick if you want to see Clet’s work in Barcelona because unfortunately since I wrote this post the stickers have slowly been disappearing. The last time I walked along the Rambla de Poblenou there were only a couple left.

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