Sunday, March 1, 2009

Street Lamps of Barcelona

As if its cosmpolitan vigor, wonderful climate, and rich architectural heritage weren't enough, Barcelona boasts an unparalleled collection of historic street lamps, without which the city's beauty wouldn't be quite the same.

Their design is nothing to be scoffed at. The lampposts of the Plaça Reial, pictured at top, were in fact the first official commission of Antoni Gaudí, who quickly went on to become the shining star of Catalan Modernism and one of Barcelona's most celebrated figures.

Some lampposts provide not only lighting, but seating too.

The exceptional design of Barcelona's street furniture certainly enriches the city's majestic public realm - its grand avenues, main streets, parks, and squares. Who could forget the monumental lamps that line the Passeig de Lluís Companys (above), or the Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's own Champs-Elysées (below).

Interestingly, the city's fondness for unique street lighting lasts to this day, and many of its contemporary street lights seem to have preserved this spirit. For example, take the raw sculptural poles along the Grand Via de Carlos III.

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A quick summary of Gaudí:

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