Monday, August 7, 2017

El gat del Raval

El gat del Raval, Gato, Cat by Francesco Botero, Rambla del Raval, Barcelona
“Gato” (Cat) by Francesco Botero, 1990
Rambla del Raval
Barcelona, March 2017

“Fernando Botero's Cat was purchased by Barcelona City Council in 1987. From then until 2003 the cat wandered the city's streets in search of a permanent site. His first stop-off point was the Parc de la Ciutadella, near his fellow animals at Barcelona Zoo. Then he was taken to a site by the Olympic Stadium, and a few years later he was put in a little square behind Barcelona's medieval shipyards. Finally, in 2003, the decision was taken to move him to a permanent location at the end of the newly created Rambla del Raval. It is maybe because cats have nine lives, that he has made his presence so strongly felt. Everybody recognises the figure of the bronze cat, with his chubby, rounded form, childish features and long tail. The sculpture has become an integral part of one of Barcelona's most widely redeveloped areas and is a favourite meeting place. Some brave souls even clamber onto the cat's back to have their photos taken.” (Cat, Fernando Botero, Turisme de Barcelona)