The Outdoor Art at the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona

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When we were in Barcelona a month ago we happened upon the Juan Miro Foundation  - which is more like an art museum – in the Parc de Montjuic area of Barcelona. It was a Monday so we thought the museum would have been closed -especially since every other museum in Spain seems to be closed on Mondays. But it wasn’t, the line was short and the price was right – 10 Euros.

Juan Miro was born in Barcelona in 1893. He was a painter, sculptor and ceramicist – and proud of his Catalan roots. His art is easily identifiable – at least to my eye – and is construed as surrealist containing elements of surprise.

Here are a selection of outdoor pieces – since you’re not allowed to take any photos inside.

"Sculptural piece at the entrance to the museum"

Sculptural piece at the entrance to the museum

"You can't miss this colourful female body"

You can't miss this colourful female body

"Miro is not afraid of colour"

Miro is not afraid of colour

"Miro's very distinctive style - it's all in the eyes"

Miro's very distinctive style - it's all in the eyes - at least for me

"This piece enjoys a Barcelona city view"

This piece enjoys a Barcelona city view

Earlier in the day we had made a point of checking out Juan Miro Park, which just happened to be an easy walk from our hotel. The bright colourful sculpture acts as a local beacon. Around the statue you’ll find kids playing soccer and old men chatting.

"Dona i Ocell (woman and bird) Statue in Juan Miro Park"

Dona i Ocell (woman and bird) Statue in Juan Miro Park - a short walk from the Espanya Metro Station

For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, you might like to visit Hotel in Barcelona for more information.

Here is this week’s submission to Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandboxa website where Nanci offers a chance every Thursday for fellow travelers to post their favourite photos. Have a look at her blog and check out what other travel bloggers and photographers are posting.

Leigh McAdam

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