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 of Barcelona.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 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 face of Barcelona or El Cap de Barcelona is a sculpture of the American Roy Lichtenstein, the JO of Barcelona. Located on Passeig Colom, it is the head and the face of woman.
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  • This huge sculpture idealized by American artist Roy Lichtenstein, at the time of the Olympics in 1992, in the form of a woman's face is a man to the city and Gaudí. Made of concrete and colorful mosaics is located on the Paseo Colon between Barceloneta and Port Vell.
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  • The placement of the sculpture is a bit odd and you can easily miss it. The sculpture itself is interesting but is not one of the most impressing nor interesting things to do in Barcelona.
  • It's a well know landmark, not sure it's one Lichtenstein's best work. I feel this is not his signature style.
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