Día y Noche (Night and Day)
Puerta de Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain
Antonio López García must be a very proud granddad indeed. He gave his baby granddaughter Carmen a great gift. He turned her into a piece of art. Well, two pieces of art. Two pieces of art made from bronze, that stand at 3metres tall and weigh over 2, 000kgs. Día shows baby Carmen awake, alert and absorbing the sites and sounds of this brave new world in which she’s found herself. Noche shows her asleep and dreaming. Her young life is linked forever with that of her granddad. The two massive sculptures of her head stand outside Madrid’s Puerta de Atocha train station. Years ago, in 1949, her granddad had arrived by train at Puerta de Atocha from the provincial town in which he’d been born. He’d come to the capital to study art and to make his name. The young man Antonio was then would doubtless be very proud of all he went on to achieve. And perhaps even prouder of baby Carmen.