The Barcelona's Head (or “El Cap de Barcelona” in Catalan) is a striking sculpture because of its colors and its large size, making it not go unnoticed so easily.
In the early 1990s, the city began experimenting with a transformation that aimed to modernize and recover many areas that were then degraded. The Port Vell (Old Port) was one of those that underwent a total remodeling. Works of arts began to appear that embellished Barcelona to
welcome visitors to the Olympic Games.
Thus was the North-American sculptor Roy Lichtenstein along with the Spanish sculptor Diego Delgado Rajado erected this impotent sculpture on Paseo de Colon, next to Moll de la Fusta.
The sculpture was built between 1991 and 1992 and is fifteen meters high and six meters wide is visible from far away. It consists of eight prefabricated pieces of eight pieces, joined with steel and coated with ceramic pieces.
In his work, Roy Lichtestein winks at Antoni Gaudí using the technique of trencadís that consists of creating a mosaic with broken pieces of tiles in tribute to the modernist architecture of the city.
The name, which recreates the face of a woman in two dimensions, is not casual, since it is dedicated to the city of Barcelona. This work belongs to the series entitled “Brushstrokes”.