June 26–29: trip to Igualada
As June drew to a close, we journeyed to one of Miralles and Pinós's best-known projects, the New Cemetery in Igualada. Igualada is a small city inland from Barcelona. The cemetery was designed in 1984 for a competition and built over the next ten years.
But first, a few evenings earlier, the Palau Nacional was radiating.
To its left, the Castell de Montjuïc, the fortress atop Montjuïc, was illuminated, as was the high retaining wall of the municipal pool nestled in the hillside.
Meanwhile, to the right, the waxing crescent moon was hanging out near another, unidentified light beam, with the dark part of the orb clearly visible.
The previous shots were from the roof; this one was from the apartment's back window — the Palau's rays were still visible as clouds veiled the moon.
Setting out for Igualada: the first leg was a Metro ride, around the corner from these rather sculptural plasticky sheets.
So many angles!
We had a long coach bus ride over to Igualada. As we approached, the famous serrated mountain, Montserrat, made an incredibly impressive entrance.
An enormous slab of consolidated cirrus loomed.
All sorts of supernatural characters can be imagined in Montserrat's serrations.
Eventually we arrived at the Igualada station, along Passeig Verdaguer.
We had planned to take another bus closer to the New Cemetery, I think, but ended up walking. Just up from the station along Carrer Nicolau Tous was what appears to be the Old Cemetery.
An interesting glass/glass-block combo.