Thursday Doors – Graffiti in Barcelona

I can’t believe it’s Thursday again already! Those time-management elves seem to be speeding the clocks up even more as the year moves on, or maybe it’s just me. πŸ˜‰

I’ve missed a couple of Thursday Doors posts in recent weeks – not because I’ve run out of doors, but rather, a bout of flu and a trip down the editing rabbithole have meant that my blog posting has been a little less regular than usual.

Anyway, here we are, it’s Thursday and I have a door.

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Actually, I have a couple of doors.

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Both of these photos were taken in Barcelona, and the two doors are almost opposite each other in a central part of town. I think what struck me was the juxtaposition of the stickers and graffiti against the old doors and stonework, plus the fact that the graffiti is confined solely to the doors themselves, rather than spreading onto the surrounding walls.

And if you’d like to see some more doors, or maybe add one of your own, head on over to Norm 2.0’s blog and click the link. It’s nice to be back!

28 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Graffiti in Barcelona

  1. Those two things are exactly what struck me about this, too. That juxtaposition of graffiti and old stuff, to me that’s quintessential Europe. Glad to see the graffiti-ers left the stonework alone; that’s much harder to clean up.

    1. Thanks Gail – yes, please do! I bet there are some cool doors there πŸ™‚ And one of the first doors I ever did for this series was from Cambria, funnily enough!

    1. I wondered too whether they were deliberately done like that, then other people have added more graffiti and posters over time.
      I agree they could be hanging in a gallery – they’d be cool front doors to have, definitely πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, I agree, Jean – it’s a very Barcelona/Gaudi thing with all the colours and mad patterns against the old wood and stone. It all goes together very well πŸ™‚

  2. The mix of the new and old is certainly eye catching. The colour really pops. I was trying to read the message on the first door: BUTTSEXEUROW. Not at all certain what that’s about. That’s just me, not understanding art.

  3. There is a certain beauty in the graffiti on the doors. In both cases, it was a non-coordinated collaborative effort and yet somehow it works. The fact they didn’t spread out to the walls of the building says to me that they saw the doors as a canvass for an expression of street art.

    1. Yes, I loved how it seemed to have been built up in layers over time, and that the artists had respected the street enough to confine their work to the doors only. I saw quite a few instances of that in Barcelona, where the street art was designed deliberately to enhance the space, rather than being random.

    1. Oh, I don’t know if you want these elves – they’re speeding time up so I start the day with what seems to be a reasonable amount of stuff planned, then reach the end of the day in what seems like only two hours and with hardly anything done at all! πŸ˜€

    1. They really are cool, aren’t they? And it’s the kind of effect you couldn’t reproduce, you’d just have to let it happen naturally. I was intrigued how none of the graffiti had bled onto the surrounds.

  4. Looks very artistic; I recall taking a riverboat cruise somewhere in Spain and we passed concrete walls laden with graffiti; while very colorful I then realized the urge to tag was not unique to American cities. Same with Amsterdam but when I was in Shanghai, China I observed the (government) people painting over the graffiti to clean up the tagging so I guess it is less tolerant there.

    1. That’s interesting to hear about China. I think graffiti when done well is a wonderful artform, and what I liked about these doors was that the graffiti was confined only to the doors, which made it feel more of a planned piece rather than random tagging. I lived in Melbourne for many years and there are several areas known for fantastic graffiti artwork, yet the council is quite zealous at removing tags etc elsewhere in the city, including, unfortunately, a Banksy – oops!

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