Joan Miró Park and the Woman & Bird Sculpture

The main attraction at Joan Miró Park is the 22m high Woman and Bird Sculpture (Dona I Ocell). This somewhat phallic tiled statue was constructed in 1983 just a few months before Miro’s death.

The 22m high Woman and Bird statue by Joan Miró, Barcelona, Catalonia

The 22m high Woman and Bird statue by Joan Miró

Although the the main body of the sculpture might look inherently masculine, the vertical black hole on one side indicates that it is in fact a female figure. Miró often used the female form to represent the universe and birds to represent the link with earth. So the statue represents the link between earth and the universe.

On the other hand, bearing in mind that this was one of the first major works of public art inaugurated in Barcelona after democracy was reinstated, I can’t help wondering whether the erection of a 22m high multicoloured concrete penis was in fact a kind of cathartic expression of freedom (artistic and otherwise).

The Woman and Bird sculpture and the Las Arenas shopping centre in Joan Miro Park Barcelona

The Woman and Bird sculpture and the Les Arenes shopping centre

Joan Miró Park

Joan Miró Park as seen from the roof terrace of the Las Arenas shopping centre

Joan Miró Park as seen from the roof terrace of the Las Arenas shopping centre

The park is divided into two distinct environments ;

The Woman and Bird Sculpture stands in a rectangular pool overlooking an open grassy area.

The  lower section where an abundance of trees afford shade from the summer sun.

The shallow artificial lake surrounding the public library in Miró Park Barcelona

The shallow artificial lake surrounding the public library

The park boasts four children’s play areas (2 for five years and under, 2 for 6 to 12 year olds), two open-air snack bars, a public library surrounded by a lake, a basket ball court and areas for playing pétanque. There is also a Barcelona WIFI transmitter which provides free internet connection as well as a reasonable sized “off lead” area for dogs.

Location

Carrer de Tarragona 74, Barcelona

How to get there

The nearest metro stations are Tarragona (green line L3) and Plaça d’ Espanya (red and green lines (L1 & L3)

Bus numbers 27, 109 and 115 stop near the park.

There is a subterranean car-park below the park.

Opening Times

10 am to sunset

Entry fee

FREE

Other Attractions Nearby

Las Arenas shopping centre
El Parc de l’Espanya Industrial
Plaça d’ Espanya
The Magic fountain of Montjuïc
Caixa Forum Barcelona

Map

Park Guide – Joan Miró Park

NameParc de Joan Miró
CategoryPark
Size47100m2
Opening Hours10am – sunset
Entry FeeFree
NeighbourhoodEixample
Public TransportMetro – Tarragona & Plaça d’ Espanya
UnderfootCompressed sand/gravel with paved and grassy areas
Sculptures / Public Art?Yes
Café / Refreshments?2 open air snack bars
Drinking Fountains?No
Public Toilets?No
Children’s Play Area?Yes 4
Sports / Fitness Equipment?Basket ball and pétanque
Shady Areas?Yes
Dogs Allowed?Yes, the park includes an off lead area for dogs
Free WIFIyes

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