Dragon of La Rambla
The little fella is hanging at a house on the right-hand side of La Rambla when walking towards Plaza Catalunya. However, up until now I never had an idea what the origin is. Apparently all dates back to the mid of the 19th century when artists were strongly influenced by Japanese arts, a movement called “Japonisme”. Well, the center was actually Paris, which is not that far away from Barcelona. Well, back then it was still a one-day train ride. Hence, many artists from Catalunya spent at least some time in the French capital city. The “casa dels paraigüe” (“umbrella’s house”), on which this dude is hanging, was opened at the prime of this time. Apart from that this house is anyway a true highlight in terms of cultural design elements!