We left León on our journey along the Camino Frances in northern Spain last Spring and traveled by train to Ponferrada, a charming little city nestled in the Bierzo hills of the province of León. Our hotel was on the corner of a major intersection and in the middle of the intersection was a roundabout and in the middle of the roundabout there was a metal work of art. I took a couple of pictures of this artwork and chose one of them to be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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The spiral structure is all metal, even those parts that represent individual frames in a strip of film. The artwork is called Glorieta del Cine and is a tribute to the world of motion pictures but the only scenes I recognized were a closeup of Marlon Brando in his role as Don Cordeleone in The Godfather and Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca. The artist is Jose Carralero.
We stayed at the AC Hotel Ponferrada by Marriott which is to my right on the southeast corner of Avenida Astorga and Avenida el Castillo. I am standing on the southwest corner of Calle Gral. Vives and Calle Castillo. Behind the artwork is an apartment building that stands on the northeast corner of Avenida Astorga and Avenida el Bierzo. To my left on the northwest corner of Avenida el Bierzo and Calle Gral. Vives is a park (Parque de Gill y Carrasco) that the locals call “El Plantio.”
In the next few weeks I will be showing you many more photos taken during our three-day stay in Ponferrada.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. On the first week of every month Leanne suggests a specific theme. The theme for next week is Season. Drop by Leanne’s website this Thursday (Wednesday if you live in Europe or North America) to see what photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.