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Illustrious petrified visitors: the rise of statues at street level

How far is that time of granite pedestals and masonic bronze sculptures! Now, what it takes is to immortalize famous people at ground level, as if they were some more inhabitants of the city with whom to live and to embrace. Here begins a route through Spain looking for some of the stars of this star system so accessible.

Federico García Lorca and the Spanish Theater

Madrid is a museum of open-air statues with which to stumble a night of confusion and concoctions. Perhaps the most popular and beloved by youth is the student who hastened in the Plaza de San Ildefonso and gives the place a parallel name: the Plaza de la Niña. But following the motive of this route, it should be noted Federico García Lorca that poses stoic in front of Spanish theater in la castiza and terracera Santa Ana Square. The statue was sculpted in 1984 by artist Julio López Hernández with the aim of commemorating 50 years of Wasteland and until 10 years later it was not located in its current location, just in front of one of the most important theaters in the capital. Until a couple of years ago, the poet held in his hands a lark, a bird that would appear in numerous of his verses like these, corresponding to 'Summer Madrigal':

And even if you didn't love me, I would love you
for your dark look
as the lark wants the new day,
Just for the dew.

Today the bird has already flown (a subtle way of saying that some son of p *** stole this piece of the sculpture)

Now, without lark © Corbis

The Woody Allen Oviedo

In the pedestrian street of Milicias Nacionales, in the heart of Oviedo, the great New York filmmaker spends his days thoughtfully, with his hands in his pockets and a somewhat lost look. This statue turns 10 years in which it has become one of the most photographed monuments of the Asturian capital. But Why does Woody Allen deserve a statue here? Basically for the free publicity he made to the city after receiving a year before the Prince of Asturias, which came to qualify as "fairy tale." Then those expendable scenes would come in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona with its consequent abuse of decontextualized folklore. But Woody is forgiven for that and more.

Oviedo does not have this type of monument by surprise. You could say that it has more immortalized inhabitants than in life. In the very square of Alfonso II el Casto, in front of the cathedral, the famous one is still at ease Ana Ozores, better known as the Regenta. And it is that Leopoldo Alas Clarín placed his most recognized work here, although he did not think about marketing and called the city with a pseudonym: Vetusta.

Woody for two © Cordon Press

Ken Follet in front of the Old Cathedral of Vitoria

Five years was researching, traveling and documenting the Welsh writer to write A world without end. For this, he was inspired not by a woman, but by the history of the perpetual restoration of the Old Cathedral of Vitoria. The book, of course, was presented in the capital of Alava and the repercussion was so great that the city only found a way to thank it: perpetuating its figure in the Burullería square. Thus, one of the King Midas of the current letters will spend all eternity watching meditabundo (and becoming interesting) the temple that fascinated him so much.

Ken Follet, 'A world without end' in Vitoria © Javier Zori del Amo

Gaudí outside Barcelona

Whoever was one of the first architects-brand of History was not a great traveler. In fact, the few times he left his Catalonia was to project 3 buildings in Astorga, León and Comillas. For in these last two places they decided to petrify the visit of the modernist genius immortalizing him in front of his work. In both is sitting, thoughtful, although in front of the house Botines passes more unnoticed, sitting like a tourist more. For its part, in Capricho you can still detect the face of pride and satisfaction that the architect put (rather, he had to put on) when he finished his work.

Gaudí sitting in his Capricho, Comillas © Corbis

Almeria, John Lennon and his round glasses

It was the year 1966 when Lennon spent six weeks in Almeria. The reason? Well, of course, the cinema. There I had to roll and star in the crazy How I won the war, the only film of his career in which he did not go out singing and where he played a soldier in a satire against the wars. The fact is that this short period of time changed Lennon's life. It is said that the only entertainment he enjoyed on his breaks was that of walk along the sea to be inspired and reflect. Experts say that here he began to profile his new life, far from the Liverpool quartet and his then-wife Cynthia. Apart from transcendental decisions, his stay in Almeria was an aesthetic milestone in his person.
John who looked so favored / interesting With the round glasses of the film, he decided that this would be his fetish accessory for a lifetime. A lens that today is destroyed by vandals in the statue with which Almeria reminds him, located in the Square of the Flowers. In this monument, the mythical Beatle appears sitting, playing a guitar and apparently happy. Beside, a space in which any curious can sit and mark an imaginary duet next to this myth.

John Lennon and his iconic glasses in Almeria © Flickr / MrFaber

Churriguera in his churrigueresca Salamanca

Salamanca was not happy with his frog or his astronaut, no. He had to make a statue of his most famous architect, author of the most style trabalinguistic of Spanish art. His city reminds him of working, sitting at his table with his compass and supervised by the patron and financier Count Francos, in a frozen scene in the Plaza del Poeta Iglesias. Everything to celebrate in 2005 the 250 years of its famous Main Square. It is so much the obcecation for the work that transmits the work that even gives bad feeling to approach, it is not going to be that it enmarrone to the most incauto.

Churriguera working unstoppable in Salamanca © Flickr / Ahego

The Tonetti brothers in Bilbao ... and in SantanderThe most famous clowns of the second half of the 20th century (with the permission of the clowns on TV) are remembered with love both in Santander (city of origin) and in Bilbao. In the Cantabrian city they have their own ring, a replica of the famous Atlas circus, located in the park of Mesones where children and adults continue to laugh today. In Bilbao, they have their space in the artistic park of Mrs. Casilda where José Villa del Río He greets all the walkers raising his hat.
Bilbao also has a certain tendency to perpetuate its most prominent politicians. That is why it is not surprising to be in full power José Antonio de Agirre and Lekube (the first Lehendakari) standing solemnly on Ercilla Street or surprising the Ramón Rubial (first Lehendakari of Postfranchism) heading towards the Gate of the Honorable next to the Guggenheim.

Ramón Rubial walking to the Gate of the Honorable in Bilbao © Corbis

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