Mural Fountain of the Codfish

Colomines - Mercat de Santa Caterina

Architects: Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue
Materials: Marble, stucco
Inauguration: November 25, 2006

The concrete wall that had made back fence Santa Caterina Market to reform the beginning of the XXI century was replaced by the current mural, with a fountain, by works that were carried out when the transformation of the cover and the inside the market had already been made. The inauguration of the mural with fountain took place on November 25, 2006, coinciding with the feast of Santa Caterina and the second edition of the Fair crock. The opening ceremony included a parade with giants and a theatrical performance that linked the new source with the tradition of fetching water from the well in the cloister of the Dominican convent of Santa Catalina, which had occupied the market space and was demolished in 1837, as well it disentailed, after a fire destroyed a part in 1836. in the water of the well of the convent were attributed miraculous effects to cure fevers. Regarding the Fair Pitchers, it began to do in 2005 when the market reopened its doors after the renovation. He wants to remember that many years ago was also made in the Plaza de Santa Catalina, precisely so that people could go to fetch water from the well of the convent with a new pitcher.

In the rear port, occupying an entire side of the street Colomines, ranging from the Joan Capri square at Santa Catalina, the mural and fountain, a year and a half was completed after the new market had already entered into functioning. Decoration wall fountain is composed of stones from the old convent and pikes of marble which used the old market codfish. One, embedded in a large niche in the wall, multiple stack is the basis for the fountain, with two nozzles. Other pica picas or pieces attached to form a wall as a relief, next to a metal tube forming a figure large stalk-shaped mosaic cod. Pencas cod are also inspiring some form of reliefs, one large and several small, terraced on the front of the niche where the spades are the source. Under the jars there is another relief formed with pieces of spades marble sawn lengthwise and which is the inscription. "Fuente de Santa Caterina The year 1233 King James the grants Preachers the right to carry water from the Rec Comtal for purposes of the convent of Santa Catalina. July 2006 ". When the privilege was granted mentioned in this inscription, the convent was freshly made on the remains of a primitive chapel dedicated to St. Catherine.

The wall also has plastered pieces. This, marble, stone, plaster and iron make geometric shapes that were designed by the artist Jacint Todó from the initial idea raised by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. The wall is currently the fence of a yard located between the market and the street Colomines in which were built, while market reform, a housing with services for seniors. It also closes, in part, by the closest to the Plaza Santa Catalina band, the central pneumatic waste collection market.

  • S. Pere, S. Caterina i La Ribera
  • C. Colomines, 3

  • Metro L4JAUME I

logo footer

ban promo 1 en

Members Zone