Barcelona's historic trade fair occupies the pavillions of the 1929 International Exhibition just above the Plaça d'Espanya. The first square, Plaça de l’Univers, is enlivened by the Foundry Worker, donated in 1930 by its sculptor, Josep Llimona, in honour of Labour Day. Further up, the twin Baroque-Moderne Palau de Victòria Eugènia and Palau d’Alfons XIII on Plaça del Marqués de la Foronda were built according to Puig i Cadafalch’s plans after he was dismissed from the project (and from politics) in 1923.
Currently this area is undergoing a face lift, including the building of a new Fira metro station.Just above this, in February 2011, four 66-ft Ionic columns, erected by Puig i Cadafalch as a symbol of Catalunya's flag (and as such demolished in 1928 by dictator Primo de Rivera), were re-erected with great fanfare, adding new interest to the dancing waters of the Font Mágica.
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