Madrid is a city absolutely chock full of amazing art. Art is everywhere.
Some of the art is just plain fun. Like the 80 “Las Meninas” (Ladies in Waiting). The Meninas are apparently based on the ladies in waiting to the Infanta Margarita in a painting by Valazquez. (Nope, we didn’t go see the painting.) An artist named Antonio Azzato designed the underlying Menina sculpture and then recruited various artists, singers, chefs, designers, and the like to decorate the Meninas, asking the artists to reflect on what Madrid meant to each of them. 2001 was the fourth year that the Meninas were scattered around Madrid. I think Cows on Parade in Chicago was better (because, come on, cows), but the Meninas were pretty cool too.
Some of the art was just plain weird. Like this.
There is, of course, street art. This absolute gem overlooks a parking lot near the Plaza del Sol.
There are also street art tours you can take in the Lavapiés neighborhood. We saw these beauties on just such a tour.
And, Plaza Major has both a beautiful statue and some interesting art.
Much of the art in Madrid requires you to look far up into the sky.
But some of the art is closer to eye level.
We would love to explore more of the art in Madrid someday.