dimarts, 14 de juny de 2011
dilluns, 13 de juny de 2011
Siendo inicialmente un municipio independiente, de fuerte carácter industrial, con la ampliación de Barcelona, se agregó a la capital. Es notorio también el contraste entre la zona de carretera de Sants, muy transitada, un sitio privilegiado para el comercio. Y la zona detrás del mercado, difícil para el acceso del tráfico, debido, en parte a la fuerte pendiente y la presencia de las vías de tren. Una visita interesante, donde a partir del lugar, se puede conocer gran parte de la historia reciente de Barcelona.
Por otro lado, el Poble Sec, por su composición resultó ser idóneo para formar la transición entre la gran urbe, con su ajetreo y velocidad constante, con la calma y el sosiego del parque de Monjuic.
When I first stumbled upon these windy streets there was a chaotic excitement in the neighbourhood for the Gràcia street festival that happens once a year. Not only did I focus on these incredible work of temporary art but the permanent collection of buildings evoking some, to my surprise, an Arabian style with its mosaic tiles peeping in on some corners as well as the churches that appear to say that Christians have conquered this place for centuries. This alternative neighbourhood is distinct from the others in Barcelona and has been well preserved as such.
As I walked down bedazzled, I had no idea what more to expect of the other streets in this neighbourhood as more and more I was starting to question the culture, the people and the place. Later I learned that the neighbours gather to make all these decorations with recycled materials, working together all through the year to hold this event every august, as an 8-day festival "Festa Major", known as Festes de Gràcia, one of the largest festivals in Barcelona.
Among some of the most astounding work, were an entire placa of flowers hanging from the trees made of recyled water bottles painted in different colours and hanging at different lengths. A truly efemeral quality it had and I was completely taken by it all. One of the others was a curtain covering the entrance to a street made of pasta coloured in a metallic silver and strung together with nylon. Each street had its theme and each one was alive boasting the creativity of the locals.