Barcelona Photoblog: Twisted Shapes: An Approach to Rebecca Horn's Sculpture


Friday, June 15, 2007

Twisted Shapes: An Approach to Rebecca Horn's Sculpture

Twisted Shapes: An Approach to Rebecca Horn's Sculpture [enlarge]

This metallic cubic sculpture was made by the artist Rebecca Horn and it is a distinctive feature of La Barceloneta beach next to the quarter by the same name. Before showing my first photograph about this work I had seen it portrayed in a thousand ways. If you try to capture it as is, early or late during the day, when there is no one, it may look rather dull but the presence of people add up to the structure a little bit. It occurred to me that this man in that strange pose and the arched building maintained some awkward parallelism. On second thought now, I think that his fortune might be as twisted as the building itself, I just wish I was in a mistake. I remember someone said here that sometimes we tag people with our pictures without even knowing what their real conditions are. That is absolutely true.

ou get a better idea in this Google Earth Map View of La Barceloneta Quarter and the tiny metallic sculpture by the beach.


  1. Interesantísima escultura, hermosa playa y fantástica photografía. Una de esas que uno no las puede dejar de mirar. Bravo!

  2. i like this kind of art really. Does it have lighting at night?

  3. Anonymous11:36 AM

    I assume those are glass windows? That would be even more interesting.

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  4. what an interesting architecture

  5. Interesting. It looks like it's going to fall.

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  6. Very intersting. Art is in the eye of the beholder, "they" like to say. Maybe that accounts for his unusual pose.

  7. what a great photo!!! without the laying man in front of it the effect wouldnt be so dramatic!:)

  8. Normally I like and am quite interested in contemporary art. Because a beach is so much a part of nature, I am a bit started by such an imposing man-made artifact. I'll have to think about this one for awhile, Carlos.

  9. This was one of the first sites I saw in Barcelona, because I was staying about a minute's walk away. I loved Barceloneta, just loved it. And this is the perfect homage to the 4 storey houses of the quarter. I would stay in that area again any day - even if there's a longer walk to the metro etc, in pref to say the Barri Gotic, which is fine too, but B'eta has such great personality!

  10. the hint of parallels between the man and the man-made are what make the shot work. did he notice you?

  11. Thanks my friends.
    Silas that was the intention, the twistes shapes. I am glad you saw the point. No, he was asleep. I didn't stop to find out wheather he was homeless or a tourist taking a nap after some boozing. But the arched body against the odd building made a perfect match.


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