Sunday, March 15, 2009

Statues in Madrid


One of the striking things that I notice when I visit Madrid is the impressive statues positioned on top of various buildings. While this is not a feature unique in Madrid, I haven't seen them in such great numbers in any other city that I have visited. Most of them depict heroic or mythological compositions and are made in a neoclassical, realistic, or art deco style. They certainly catch one's attention! Some of the photos that I took last week can be seen here (click on the picture above for a full size version).

But perhaps the most unique one, whose location happens to be rather easy to miss, is an eye catching representation of what would appear to be a Fallen Angel (i.e. Lucifer, the devil) or perhaps Icarus. It is located on a building at the corner of Calle Mayor and Calle de los Milaneses, about half-way between Puerta del Sol and the Almudena Cathedral. As it turns out, it is "Ni Ícaro, ni el diablo", according to an interview of the artist who created it in 2005, Miguel Ángel Ruiz. Its title is, funnily enough, Accidente Aéreo, Air Crash! Of the many photos that I took, I chose to post this one, as I like the contrast between the green patina and the ochre background.

Some other pictures, of a different theme, from my previous visit to Madrid can be seen in this post.

5 comments:

mahler76 said...

καλημέρα κοσμογυρισμένε μου.

Thomas Xomeritis said...

You travel quite often to Spain...

apos said...

Η Κυβέλη πού είναι; Μήπως δεν είσαι Ρεάλ;

SK said...

@mahler76: Και, σύντομα, καλή άνοιξη!

@Thomas: Second time in as many years. I predict more will follow!

@apos: Το άγαλμα της Κυβέλης είναι κλασσικό, αυτόνομο άγαλμα, δηλ. δεν βρίσκεται πάνω σε κτίριο, που είναι το θέμα των φωτογραφιών αυτών.
Αμφιταλαντεύομαι μεταξύ Real και Barcelona (με μικρές δόσεις Deportivo La Coruña...)

MAD said...

σε ποιο ωραίο σημείο είναι πάντως το γήπεδο της Atletico...

*ποιανού του αρέσει να βολτάρει Nuevo Ministerios? μπλιαχ μπλιαχ μπλιαχ