Art around Sant Cugat
One difference from
Art isn’t just in Sant Cugat, but seems to have been sprinkled about practically everywhere. As we travel about the area, large sculptures seem to be about as common as rest stops. I like the entrance to Universidad Autonama which is adorned with 4 massive columns, all of different sizes, and all between 6-8 stories tall. These towers are built up of square concrete slabs that are gradually rotated, making it look like there are stairs spinning up the sides of the towers.
Modern art is also added to almost every historic site. We recently took a trip to Costa Brava, which is the ritzy, vacation area in
There was another example that was even odder in Besalu, a historic town about 45 minutes inland from Begur. Beselu is a great town that has been preserved for who knows how many years. To get into the city, you park you car and then walk across a giant stone walking bridge, passing giant iron gates designed to keep out the invading hoards. Once inside the town there are restaurants, shops, and apartments all in the ancient stone structures. As an aside, one of the shops that we passed specialized in flat screen TVs. I wonder who has the brilliant business plan to rent a space in an ancient city to sell modern electronics. I’m pretty sure the store tries to compensate by offering free delivery, but my Spanish is still not good enough to know for sure. Back to the point…while walking down one of these narrow streets we noticed that someone had welded a metal chair 2 ½ stories up on the side of one of the stone walls. After we noticed the first one, we started to notice that, every once in a while you would turn a corner and there, welded way above your head, would be another vertical chair.