Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gambrinus

La Gamba or Gambrinus by Javier Mariscal and Alfredo Arribas, Passeig de Colom, Barcelona
“La Gamba” or “Gambrinus” by Javier Mariscal and Alfredo Arribas, 1989
Passeig de Colom
Barcelona, March 2017

“Gambrinus is probably the happiest lobster in Barcelona and one of the stars of Barcelona’s public art. He waits at the end of Passeig de Colom with big pinching claws and a cheeky smile ready to welcome you to the seafront. This huge cartoon-like lobster was, like most of the urban art in Port Olympic, commissioned for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Gambrinus was created by the Valencia-born artist Javier Mariscal, dubbed “the Peter Pan of Spanish design”. He first won the adoration of the public in 1988 with his design of “Cobi,” the official Olympic mascot for the Games in 1992, creating its corporate identity with this friendly dog mascot. Gambrinus is clever, edgy, and humorous. Below it there was once a Gambrinus café bar, and whilst the café has now closed the lovable lobster remains.” (Gambrinus by Javier Mariscal, AB Apartment Barcelona Guide)

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