I’ve often wondered why I find Barcelona so inspiring. It must be the vibrant energy and creativity that I crave, a chance to recharge my own creativity and challenge my notions of the limits of artistic expression.
Art and design are very much part and parcel of Barcelona, but not necessarily, or only, in ways that you would expect. Instead, artistic expression is constantly changing, reinventing itself, taking on new and unexpected forms in the most ordinary locations and situations, such as for example this window display of an ordinary coffee shop:
Art is very much part of everyday life, and about everyday life, like these murals:
Creativity and artistic expression are also filtered into design, and as a result even the most mundane everyday objects look incredibly cool and sophisticated, as well as both classic and very modern at the same time:
And when shops and restaurants close, they become billboards advertising the shop and its wares to passersby, or canvases for modern urban street art.
Yes, that’s why I need my annual pilgrimage to Barcelona: it is a living, breathing work of art, but one that is both complete and still a work-in-progress.
Create the life you want,