This series of small-format sculptures is a tribute to the most emblematic parks in the city of Barcelona. Each public space was uniquely designed by great architects, using different morphologies and materials, building spaces for circulation, contemplation and rest. Through zenithal views, identifying and analyzing figures, added to the observation of significant details of each square collected by the artist during her tours, Isabel Englebert performs a strong work of abstraction to decompose each one of the public spaces. True to her essence, the artist manages to synthesize the parks' most representative aspects, through the geometric and abstract language that is so characteristic of her work. The choice of each material is intrinsically related to the selected spaces, embodying the physical essence of each square.
The conceptualization of the morphology that is so characteristic of this park is synthesized in oval, spherical and circular shapes, referring to the distinctive pond and its islets. The green marble pays homage to the centenary trees that inhabit this space, such as the ancient carob tree that is the protagonist of the park.
The essence of this park is found in the multiple arches that run along its perimeter, drawing light and shadow effects contrasting the interior and exterior of the building. This translates into arcade shapes, which are superimposed on each other, ranging from the fullness of the construction of the square, to the linear that refers to the palm trees and lanterns.
PEDRALBES ROYAL HOUSE PARK
The extensive gardens with geometric layout of Pedralbes, along with the circularity of its ponds and shrubs, are the inspiration that governs this sculpture. In turn, the repetition of the masts of the Royal House is translated into the rhythmic lines made in brass.
The wide, winding paths of Cervantes Park are what endows this public space with personality and style. The land formerly occupied by the Estela stream still maintains its fluidity and its play of ovals, which in turn are translated into the sculpture that represents them.
The monumentality of the entrances and stairs of this square are strongly reflected in the piece that represents the Ciutadella Park. The linear rhythmic repetition in brass refers to these staircases, while the perforated oval refers to the large lake with its islets.
HORTA LABYRINTH PARK
Labyrinths have certain particularities, among them linearity, geometry and repetition. The Horta Labyrinth Park is synthesized in a pair of geometric bars that interrelate with each other, crafted in brass and green marble, referring to the materials that build this characteristic park.
The amphitheater of the Grec Gardens is undisputedly the protagonist of this public space. The small sculpture emphasizes this component of the park, combining it with a brass fretwork that refers to the paths of its garden, and with a circle of green marble that represents the vegetation of the area.