Street art in Barcelona is everywhere. If you walk around the city with no rush and your eyes wide open, you’ll see hundreds of art pieces hidden between urban furniture and buildings. And especially Poblenou, our neighbourhood, is a great place for street art lovers. Keep reading!
Keith Haring against AIDS
“All together we can stop AIDS”. That’s the claim of this mural painted by Keith Haring in 1989. You’ll find it right next to MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art). Beautiful, meaningful and already emblematic in Barcelona, after 25 years, you can’t miss it.
Les Formigues (Ants), a visual poem by a Catalan poet
Joan Salvat-Papasseit was one of the best poets that Catalunya has ever known. In this piece, the poem form a line of ants, that is what the poem is all about. It says: “Camí del sol / per les rutes amigues / les formigues” (On the way to the sun, through the friendly routes, go the ants). It is in Passeig del Born Street, at the corner with Rec Street.
Joan Fontcuberta’s “The Kiss of Freedom”
This Catalan photographer and visual artist has recently installed this beautiful mosaic of hundreds of photos that all together form a lovely image: two kissing mouths. The photos were sent by many Barcelona locals that wanted to be a part of it. You’ll find it at Isidre Nonell Square, right next to the Cathedral.
Poblenou Street art
Poblenou used to be an industrial district, but over the past few years it has been transformed into an avant-garde neighbourhood. Plenty of new businesses and start-ups are coming to Poblenou, and also many audiovisual and creative studios. But there are still some abandoned plots that are the perfect scenario for street artists to do their thing.
That’s why if you are interested in street art in Barcelona, we highly recommend a walking tour all over Poblenou with your eyes wide open. Totally worth it!