Graffiti girl

Graffiti girl

Graffiti on shop shutter, Barrio Gótico | Photo: Tom Walton

Stroll around the Barrio Gótico on a fiesta, like today, when all the shops are closed, and one of the things you'll notice is how the shop shutters have all been defaced with aerosol cans.

Occasionally (and usually when the shop owner has commissioned it), it's graffiti as art, rather than just graffiti as vandalism…

Happy New Year…!

Graffiti, Barrio de La Ribera

Graffiti, Barrio de la Ribera

Graffiti, Barrio de la Ribera | Photo: Tom Walton

Barcelona's La Ribera district — to the left of the Via Laietana as you head down towards the port — is "our" district, as on Calle Trafalgar IH stands right on its edge, right where the (long gone) medieval walls stood.

Strictly speaking, our distrito is the Ciutat Vella (the "old city"), and of the three barrios on the left of Laietana (Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera) we're officially Sant Pere, with La Ribera ("the shore") being nearest the port — though wander about and live here long enough and it's La Ribera that will somehow start to feel like home.

It's less popular with the tourists than the picture-postcard Barrio Gótico, but somehow more genuinely Barcelona…

Bring your camera and come along with us next Tuesday (14th October) on the social program as we'll be photowalking the Ribera then…

Not only vandalism

Grafitti, Cuitat Vella, Barcelona

Graffiti, Carrer Boqueria | Photo: Tom Walton

A lot of the graffiti that plagues the Old Quarter of Barcelona is rightly scrubbed out by teams of municipal workers that scuttle round the district in little electric vans, conscientiously mixing paint to match the original color of the wall.

They seem to have given up entirely trying to keep clean either the metal shutters on shop fronts or on doors. Occasionally, however, as I did this morning (photo, above), you do come across things which rise above vandalism…

A door knocker in the Barrio Gótico

Door knocker, Barrio Gótico

Door knocker, Barrio Gótico | Photo: Tom Walton

If you keep your eye open when you wander around Barcelona, you'll find lots of examples of heavy, ornate door-knockers like the one in our picture.

The rather scary white lines you can see on it are another, much more lamentable feature of Barcelona's streets, particularly in the Old City (the Barrio Gótico): they've been sprayed with graffiti, very little of it of any artistic value.

Graffiti

Graffiti Barcelona

Graffiti, Barcelona | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska

There are plenty of places, walls, gates with graffiti in BCN. Sometimes I smile when I recognize the work of the same artist in different areas of the city. This one I saw next to the Ciutadella Park and it surprised me a lot, the message is very different from others. Which is why I like it…

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