15 Masterpieces That Make Barcelona Feel Like One Big Modern Art Museum

December 2, 2014 7:55 PM

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Catalan sculptor and alumnus of Barcelona's School of Fine Arts, Joseph Granyer i Giralt is the mastermind behind two famous statues on the Rambla de Catalunya -- the "meditating bull" featured above and the "flirting giraffe." When they were first installed in 1972, the pair was so popular that a band of thieves tried to steel them away.

When artist Antoni Tàpies decided to turn this building into a studio in 1984, he decided the modernist structure needed a revamp. To mark the beginning of a new era, he designed this stainless steel and aluminum sculpture sitting on top of the building -- formerly a publishing house.

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