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El Cap de Barcelona, Barcelona

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El Cap de Barcelona is a surrealist sculpture created by American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Its English title is The Head.The sculpture was Lichtenstein's first outdoor work using ceramic tile. It is said to acknowledge Antoni Gaudí and Barcelona's affinity for mosaics.The Head of Barcelona, or El Cap de Barcelona in Catalan, is a 64-foot sculpture done by American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The sculpture stands tall on the waterfront in the heart of the city. Made out of concrete and ceramic, it is an abstract rendition of a woman's head and appears exactly how one would expect a Lichtenstein sculpture to be. Lichtenstein did not start experimenting with three-dimensional art until the late 1970s, and prior to this his main focus was on pop art. He mainly painted on large canvases and his paintings resembled comic-strip art; his signature use of bold primary colors, thick dark lines, thought bubbles containing context and sound effects, and dots used as a method of shading, can be seen in most of his works from 1961 and later, starting with his painting Look Mickey.Although it is very abstract, it is clear that the sculpture was made to resemble the head and face of a woman. It is made up of thick pieces of concrete completely covered in red, yellow, blue, black and white mosaic tiles, and from far away it looks like it could be a painting. The woman's eyes look like thick blue and black brush strokes; same with her nose, and her lips look like Lichtenstein could have used a quick stroke of bright red paint. The left third of her face, the side with the blue nose and eye, is covered with white tiles, while the right two thirds of her face is covered in a grid of red dots, typical of Lichtenstein's pop-art style. Lichtenstein added other artistic elements to this sculpture as well. Below her head, what would probably be considered the woman's neck, is a tall, flat stroke of blue and white that extends all the way up through her face and ends a few inches above her head. Perpendicular to the blue and white stroke is a stroke of yellow and black, beginning at the bottom and then reappearing at the top of her head.
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  • The Cara de Barcelona stands at the north end of the Marina on the Passeig de Colom next to the smiling shrimp. The work was created in 1992 by the famous American pop art artist Roy Lichtenstein on the occasion of the Olympic Games. The work of art crafted from concrete and metal shows the abstract head of a woman. To the artistic value, everyone certainly has his own opinion, the colorful and unusual sculpture we liked.
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  • Beautiful and interesting statue in the Port Vell harbour which you can see already from far away. If you mess around on her Barcelonety of course you come across and around it is also enough restaurants and other statues. Her visit handicraft markets is very nice and the prices as well.
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  • This outdoor sculpture for me always need to visit, because fully corresponds to its name: "the face of Barcelona". Always bright and attractive, even on a rainy December day: immediately cheers up and as if watching the ebullient life of the capital of Catalonia. Monument with a height of 15 meters and weighing 90 tonnes was established engineering company Steyco and Catalan sculptor Delgado, and the layout unique structure created by the American artist and designer r. Liechtenstein.
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  • Cool sculpture in a nice area between the city and the beach
  • Very nice statue.
  • Modern monument located in front of the port of Barcelona. If not what are you looking for can go unnoticed.
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  • Well.. Not knowing the intent of the author, the only thing I can say that Spaniards are people with humor! My impressions I can say-I was there! 5 stars as a sign of admiration of Barcelona (and as a consequence of its head)
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  • Fine sculpture located in the middle of a traffic hub, makes it a little hard to enjoy.
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