One of the most famous places in Barcelona is for the first time open to the general public the 20 May 2022. The Glòries Tower has existed since 2005, but has never been opened to the public. It is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel.
Before entering the mirador, several exhibitions are offered on the first floor of the basement. Combining art, science and technology, the visit is based on the overall theme of a futuristic, greener and more sustainable Barcelona.
After an explanatory prologue on the city and its many changes, the Barcelonians exhibition, curated by Joan Sallas, features 132 folded paper sculptures. Origami that represent all the animal and plant species living in Barcelona, from palm trees to insects. The second installation, titled Atmosferes, spans a 108m² screen for an immersive light show. For 7 minutes, all the atmospheres of Barcelona are therefore presented, the sky, the sea, the wind and the sounds, each based on scientific data. Two other exhibitions, on the rhythms and sounds of the Catalan capital, are also offered before accessing the elevator that leads to the mirador.
International ongoing exhibitions
Cloud Cities Barcelona, by artist Tomás Saraceno, invites participants into a space of communal encounter, discourse and critical speculation. Housed in the 360° observation deck of Mirador Torre Glòries, it is Saraceno’s first permanent interactive sculpture in southern Europe. The artwork occupies an area of 130 m³ and is composed of 113 cloud spaces, like droplets of water condensing along the strands of a three-
For more than two decades, Saraceno has been imagining and activating a world free from fossil fuels, in collaboration with spiders and their webs, situated forms of knowledge and with the vibrant superorganism that is the cosmic web, building an artistic practice of unprecedented variety and scale. Informed by the ground-
In the midst of the climate emergency, war, global pandemics, racial-
Installation views of Cloud Cities Barcelona, 2022. Courtesy Studio Tomás Saraceno and Mirador Torre Glòries. Photography Studio Tomás Saraceno © Tomás Saraceno
From Friday, 20 May 2022. Mirador Torre Glòries, Avinguda Diagonal, 211, 08018 Barcelona (Spain). T.+34 934 80 61 61. Open Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (period from April 1 to October 31), Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (period from November 1 to March 31).
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