La Parella: The Couple by Lautaro Díaz Silva

One of my favourite walking routes in Barcelona is around the historic Port Vell harbour from the Christopher Columbus monument to the Barceloneta beach. Along the way you can enjoy views of the harbour filled with yachts and historic tall ships, take a look at the classic architecture and admire the diverse collection of contemporary sculptures dotted along the quayside.

Bronze statue of a loving couple located near Barcelona's historic port and seafront area

La Parella by Lautaro Diaz Silva

One of the most interesting and enigmatic sculptures at the port is The Couple (Catalan: La Parella) by Chilean artist Lautaro Díaz Silva. Installed in 1998 the partially abstract figurative statue portrays a couple sat contemplating the boats in the harbour.

The slender figures have no arms, a characteristic of Díaz’s statues which is a nod to the artist’s love for classic Greek and Roman sculptures. Even so, the male figure is clearly holding his partner, his arm draped gently across her shoulders.

The rough cast bronze figures sit on the harbour wall with their gaze fixed out to sea. Their slender legs held close together, feet pointing downwards, combined with swept back hairstyles give the air of mermaid and merman, further strengthening the statue’s connection with the sea.

Close up of the couple statue, one of many statues located at Barcelona's seafront and boardwalk

La Parella by Lautaro Díaz Silva

About the artist

Lautaro Díaz Silva was born in Valparaíso (Chile) in 1953. He studied art at the Esceuela Municipal de Bellas Artes de Valparaiso before moving to Warsaw then Barcelona and currently lives in Berlin. His Best known works include La Parella and several monuments to Salvador Allende located in Barcelona, Tarragona and Lleida. Since his move to Germany Díaz has concentrated mostly on abstract oil paintings and videos.

Location

El Moll de la Fusta, Barcelona

How to get there

The statue is located on the Moll de la Fusta (timber quay) approximately half way between the Barceloneta and Drassanes metro stops (lines L4 and L3).

The couple statue by Lauturo Díaz sit alone on a wall in front of old buildings beside Barcelona's historic old port the Port Vell

The couple by Lautaro Díaz Silva, Barcelona

Other attractions nearby

Gambrinus lobster sculpture
Barcelona’s head
Monument to Christopher Columbus
The Port Vell historic Old Harbour
Barcelona Post Office building

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