Fernando Botero’s Fat Cat, found in Raval, the up and coming neighbourhood, is getting trendier by the minute. Now having its own Rambla, it’s definitely worth a visit, if only to see the fat cat! Located on Rambla del Raval, the large bronze feline stands with its thick tail. The poor kitty has had an unsettled life. Brought to Barcelona in 1987 it has already moved twice. It once stood in front of the MACBA but after much discussion was moved to the new Rambla.
The artist responsible for the Cat is the well-known Fernando Botero. A Colombian painter and sculptor who is renowned for his exaggerated, puffed up human and animal forms. The huge idiosyncratic bronze sculptures have been displayed in the centres of cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago.
There was quite a lot of conflict and indecision about the poor cat’s location. Given Botero’s reputation, he was pretty annoyed that it was moved from outside the MACBA, a busy hub of contemporary art to a relatively unknown street, but it does mean that it is reaching other parts of this developing barrio.
This shiny, plump feline is definitely worth a look if not a stroke.
Shot with Canon 450D