Parc Joan Miró
The Joan Miro Park was the first park constructed by the city council after winning the first democratic municipal elections in 1976. Initially, it was an old city slaughterhouse that was given a new use due to obsolete installations. The park is one of the first big parks of the city after the Franquismo period. It is a good example of a new model of development initiated by the new democracy and which formed part of the program of renovation and remodelling of the surrounding areas and the city centre of Barcelona.
The park occupies four parts of the Eixample district and is divided into two parts. The lower level of the park is landscaped with pine, palm, fragrant eucalyptus trees and a pergola covered in wisteria and bougainvillea. The upper level is paved and contains the park's crowning glory, one of Joan Miró's last sculptures, entitled Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird).
This statue Dona i Ocell is about 22 meters high and is situated in the middle of a small pool. As is common in Miró's works, the sculpture is covered with glazed ceramic tiles in bright, basic colors of yellow, red, and blue. The sculpture was complete in 1982 and inaugurated one year after in 1983, just a year before Miró's death at age ninety.
Originally the idea was to put a forest of sculptures like these in the park, but Joan Miró's death prevented these plans from being implemented. This is an incredible park to visit or to rest in.