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Parc Miró

The great surrealist's swansong

Dona i ocell

One of the Ajuntament’s first of many park projects in the early 1980s, Parc Joan Miró was laid out on the site of the municipal slaughterhouse, just behind Plaça d'Espanya's bullring (now a shopping mall). Its centrepiece is Miró’s last major work and one that has become a symbol of Barcelona, the Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird, 1982), a 70ft-high bowling pin or phallus with a horned cylindrical head, covered with trencadis in homage to Gaudí. Miró, then aged 90, intended to plant a whole forest of these, but death intervened, and a forest of palms and eucalyptus have taken their place. It's often venue for outdoor concerts.

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C/Tarragona

metro: Espanya or Tarragona

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Jon Mountjoy