Welcome to 267 (2/25/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week I take you to Barcelona and “The World Begins with Every Kiss”.
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El Món Neix en Cada Besada (The World Begins With Every Kiss) by Joan Fontcuberta is located just steps from the Barcelona Cathedral, but I never noticed it until my last day in the city. From a distance, it looks like a huge colorful graffiti. Only as I came in closer and closer did it become apparent that it’s actually a mosaic created from thousands of teeny tiny mosaic tiles. Each tile contains the photo of a place, a person, or a moment, which represents an expression of freedom.
My first thought was how gorgeous!, and then I wanted to know the behind the scene story. There has to be a story, right?
“The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but it’s echo lasts a great deal longer.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
The mural commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the Spanish War of Succession , which ended in 1714, and the city held tercentenary celebrations in 2014. I think this was a much better choice than reenacting a battle!
Here are just a few of the thousands of photos taken by local residents, and submitted to El Periodico. Each image represents a moment of freedom. I was fascinated by each image, imagining the story behind each of them. You can actually check out each individual photo at tricentari.bcn.cat.
Shot from a different perspective.
I couldn’t walk by the Cathedral and not take a shot. I like this angle!
I was really taken with El Món Neix en Cada Besada (The World Begins With Every Kiss), and the out of the box thinking that brought the project to fruition. It may not be as popular as the Lennon Wall in Prague, but give it time :).
Have you visited this mural? What did you think?
Located just steps from the Barcelona Cathedral, in Plaça d’Isidre Nonell. The closest subway stops are Jaume I (L4) and Catalunya (L1 and L3).
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