Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de Alcala de Henares

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Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de Alcala de Henares

Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de Alcala de Henares
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Dominique B
By Dominique B
A Nifty Concept, but a bit far
Oct 2017
I had heard of this museum, the brain child of two architects who wanted to beautify the underneath of a bridge that had to be constructed over the Paseo de la Castellana. So we set out, on a beautiful Sunday in October, from Atocha Station towards the Paseo del Prado. First surprise for us: on Sundays, the Paseo del Prado is closed to vehicles and becomes a pedestrian zone. We went along the Paseo del Prado past the Plaza de Cibeles to the Paseo de Recoletos then the Paseo de la Castellana which begins at the Plaza Colon. There was enough around to interest us --if only to see how Madrilenos spend their Sunday afternoons-- and at the start of Castellana you can walk on the median which is set up as a beautiful treed lane dotted with park benches if you need the rest. The further we went, the quieter it became; when we arrived at the open-air museum, there were only a few people there, sitting on the stairs, chatting, with the sound of the underpass fountain in the background. The sculptures are challenging and delightful, including a penguin by Miro, but they also look a bit forlorn and neglected, although there weren't any of the ubiquitous graffiti. The visit took about 20 minutes to ponder the 16 sculptures there, then we set out to return to Atocha. The walk was a delight, but if you're not a walker (it was about 8 kilometers back and forth), you can always walk part of the way and take a bus for the return trip or best yet, rent bicycles. However, if you're short on time, the amount of effort may not be worth it.

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Dominique B
Ottawa, Canada48 contributions
A Nifty Concept, but a bit far
Oct 2017 • Couples
I had heard of this museum, the brain child of two architects who wanted to beautify the underneath of a bridge that had to be constructed over the Paseo de la Castellana.
So we set out, on a beautiful Sunday in October, from Atocha Station towards the Paseo del Prado. First surprise for us: on Sundays, the Paseo del Prado is closed to vehicles and becomes a pedestrian zone. We went along the Paseo del Prado past the Plaza de Cibeles to the Paseo de Recoletos then the Paseo de la Castellana which begins at the Plaza Colon. There was enough around to interest us --if only to see how Madrilenos spend their Sunday afternoons-- and at the start of Castellana you can walk on the median which is set up as a beautiful treed lane dotted with park benches if you need the rest.
The further we went, the quieter it became; when we arrived at the open-air museum, there were only a few people there, sitting on the stairs, chatting, with the sound of the underpass fountain in the background. The sculptures are challenging and delightful, including a penguin by Miro, but they also look a bit forlorn and neglected, although there weren't any of the ubiquitous graffiti.
The visit took about 20 minutes to ponder the 16 sculptures there, then we set out to return to Atocha.
The walk was a delight, but if you're not a walker (it was about 8 kilometers back and forth), you can always walk part of the way and take a bus for the return trip or best yet, rent bicycles. However, if you're short on time, the amount of effort may not be worth it.
Written 24 October 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

scdaub
Philadelphia, PA134 contributions
nice walk punctuated by sculpture
Mar 2014 • Family
some interesting (and a couple not so interesting) sculptures spaced evenly in a pleasant walk around the Archbishop's Palace grounds. If the weather is nice, take the stroll: this is a great testament to municipalities that feel a mission to provide art for their people
Written 6 March 2014
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Plenty of Sculptures
Jun 2011 • Couples
The Open Air Sculpture Museum is found at the Via Complutense. The sculptor Pepe Noja was the person who started this open air sculpture museum in 1991 and it was inaugurated in August of 1993. There are about 58 abstract sculptures (figurative, abstract, modern and contemporary) and every sculpture has a plaque with the name of the artist, but no title, so that the viewer can do as many interpretations as he wants. There are many artists that are represented that are internationally famous. The museum continues along the old city wall and has a length of two kilometers, making it the longest of its class in Europe. There are interesting statues of important artists such as Amadeo Gabino, José Lamiel, Pablo Serrano and Úrculo.
Written 6 April 2012
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