Barcelona, a photo a day

Botero’s Gat


This is Fernando Botero Angulo‘s “Gat”, Catalan for cat, in the Raval area of Barcelona. El Raval, from the arabic ar-rabad, outside the walls, where I also took the Heaven and Hell photos, was a former belt of garden plots. In the 18th century, it turned into Barcelona’s working class district.
Mostly slums.
It still has quite a bad reputation, drugs, prostitution. As the rents there are low, the Raval is nowadays populated mainly by immigrants. It is also known as Barri Xino, or Chinatown.
The city tries to clean the area, and it is actually up and coming. It hosts amongst other things the MACBA, Museum of Contemporaneous Art of Barcelona.
And also what might well be the biggest and roundest smiling cat in the world!

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15 responses

  1. Hee hee! Fatty Kitty!

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    August 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

  2. I know this cat, but I saw it in a bit more upscale district: there is another copy of this fat cat in New York City, just off Park Avenue at 79th Street.

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    August 1, 2009 at 7:53 am

  3. I like your photo and I enjoy your commentry – very educational. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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    July 31, 2009 at 9:26 pm

  4. Can you imagine how loud his purr would be?

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    July 31, 2009 at 11:49 am

  5. like the fat cat!

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    July 31, 2009 at 11:40 am

  6. tee-hee. este un gato muchissimo grande! πŸ™‚
    the place doesn't look scary though

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    July 31, 2009 at 3:30 am

  7. Meow? Yeow! A really fat cat. Probably headed for Wall Street!

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    July 31, 2009 at 1:20 am

  8. I'm scared of cats but I like this one!

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    July 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm

  9. I love it!

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    July 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  10. I like Botero

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    July 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm

  11. That is one cool cat! Is it bronze?

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    July 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm

  12. That's one big cat!
    Sunny πŸ™‚

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    July 30, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  13. m_m

    It is really huge and nice:) Great shot!

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    July 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

  14. That's a big cat! Love the whiskers and it looks like he has a bell around his neck. He also seems to be smiling!

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    July 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

  15. J'aime beaucoup Botero. Ses personnages tout en rondeur. Je ne connaissais pas son chat!

    How big is it?

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    July 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm