The Old And The New: Abstract Iron Sculptures vs. Ancient Town Gates

A crop of newfangled metal sculptures has magically sprung up all over Toledo. Well informed about local cultural ongoings as always, I haven’t a clue where they came from, who made them, and how long they will be staying. It seems they’ve been strategically positioned to strike up an interesting contrast.

One of those rusty creatures in front of Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun), built in the 14th century

One of those rusty creatures in front of Puerta del Sol, built in the 14th century

Those twin turrets in the background, as you look through the centre of the 'ear', belong to the Puerta de Bisagra Nueva, built in 1559.

Those twin turrets in the background, as you look through the centre of the ‘ear’, belong to the Puerta de Bisagra Nueva, built in 1559.

Puerta de Bisagra

Behind this the sculpture isn't a beautiful old gate... far from it. This ugly concrete edifice houses escalators, a car park and a conference centre. Yes, Toledo needs all those things, but it surely didn't need this eyesore!

Behind this sculpture isn’t a beautiful old gate… far from it. This ugly concrete edifice houses escalators, a car park and a conference centre down below. Yes, Toledo needs all those things, but it surely didn’t need this eyesore!

Miradero

A shot taken through the aforemaligned concrete structure, showing some of the city wall

Now, I do quite like the sculptures. I’m fond of smooth, curvy things, I can’t quite explain it.

If you want to see some modern ‘art’ in Toledo that’s so spectacularly bad it might scar your retinas, click here. Just remember that I warned you…

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14 thoughts on “The Old And The New: Abstract Iron Sculptures vs. Ancient Town Gates

  1. pollyheath

    Those are great. Much better than the DC practice of putting up a lot of awfully painted donkeys and elephants.

    Also, those other sculptures were really creepy. Thanks a lot.

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