Peix sculpture in Port Olimpic on January 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. The sculpture of a huge fish, designed by famous Frank Ghery, 35 meters high and 54 meters long.




With copper-hued stainless-steel scales sparkling at sunset, this 35m-tall, 56m-long fish sculpture at the foot of the swish Hotel Arts Barcelona looks poised for a dive into the deep-blue Mediterranean. It was designed by famed American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry in the run-up to the 1992 Olympics.

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1. Port Olímpic

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