Parc Joan Miró

Dona-i-Ocell
The Dona i Ocell sculpture
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Parc Joan Miró is located in Barcelona, Spain. It is a park that was built to honor one of the city’s most popular sculptors and painters, Joan Miró. The centerpiece for the park is a large sculpture that is very colorful and is called the Dona i Ocell. The park is located in an area that was once a municipal slaughterhouse. For that reason, originally the area was called Parc de l’Escorxador, which means the park of the slaughterhouse.

Park Features

The park covers four city blocks and has two different levels. There are many eucalyptus, palm and pine trees, as well as fragrant flowers in the lower level. The best time to visit is during the spring and summer when many flowers are blooming. There is a paved walkway which one can take to the stunning Dona i Ocell sculpture in the upper level. This sculpture was one of the last ones that Miró created.

This modern statue is about 70 feet in height and is positioned in the middle area of a very small pool. This sculpture is entirely covered with colorful ceramic tiles that are blue, red and yellow. It was completed in 1982, one year before the artist died. At first, there were plans to create a sculpture forest in the park, but Miró died before this plan could be carried out.

About the Artist

Miró was born in April, 1893 in Barcelona and he later studied at Barcelona’s School of Fine Arts. Miró’s earliest works of art were in the Catalan folk art style, but his art was also influenced by cubism style. In the 1920’s he went to Pairs to study and develop his style of surrealism. Miró also created lithographs, ceramic sculptures and etchings. The artist died in December, 1983. Many of Miró’s works of art are displayed at a museum named after him which is located at the popular Parc de Montjuïc.


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