These & several other groups of statues can be found on the top floor roof of La Pedrera (The Quarry, also known as Casa Milà), which was designed by Gaudi. Located in Barcelona, it was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984. If I am not mistaken these are functional chimney vents: From Wikipedia:
"The work of Gaudí on the rooftop of La Pedrera was a collective of his experience at Palau Güell, but with solutions that were clearly more innovative - this time creating shapes and volumes with more body, more prominence, and less polychromasia.
On the rooftop there are six skylights/staircase exits (four of which were covered with broken pottery and some that ended in a double cross typical of Gaudí), twenty-eight chimneys in several groupings (like were designed for Casa Batlló), twisted so that the smoke came out better, two half-hidden vents whose function is to renew the air in the building, crowning the walkway that goes around this dream castle, four cupulins (domes?) that discharged to the facade. The staircases also house the water tanks; some of these are snail-shaped.
The stepped roof of La Pedrera, called "the garden of warriors" by the poet Pere Gimferrer because the chimneys appear to be protecting the skylights, has undergone a radical restoration, removing chimneys added in interventions after Gaudí, television antennas, and other elements that degraded the space. The restoration brought back the splendor to the chimneys and the skylights that were covered with fragments of marble and broken Valencia tiles. One of the chimneys was topped with glass pieces - it was said that Gaudí did that the day after the inauguration of the building, taking advantage of the empty bottles from the party. It was restored with the bases of champagne bottles from the early twentieth century. The repair work has enabled the restoration of the original impact of the overhangs made of stone from Ulldecona with fragments of tiles. This whole set is more colorful than the facade, although here the creamy tones are dominant."
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papagolf21 (79518) 2013-09-03 0:48
Bonjour, cher Chris,
Ce cadrage serré est parfait pour apprécier les subtilités architecturales.
L'ensemble ressort magnifiquement sur ce ciel bleu.
dkmurphys (42431) 2013-09-03 1:38
Nice detail, a fine close up to the great artwork of Gaudi.
Enjoy a nice day.
snunney (72604) 2013-09-03 1:45
A perfectly framed composition featuring these Gaudi heads. Detail and colours are superb. Appealing warm and cool tonal contrasts.
willperrett (4065) 2013-09-03 1:56
I remember taking a very similar photograph there a few years ago: the place demands to be attended to by all image-makers it seems. The framing is excellent and the contrasting colours work really well. Good work.
Angshu (52890) 2013-09-03 2:12
These are the famous chimneys which are one of the most known symbols of the Gaudi design in Barcelona
Taken well against the clear blue sky with details sharp & clear!
subhendu_bagchi (20976) 2013-09-03 2:14
namaste Chris, a nice and interesting chimneys there and you showed it to us in a nice manner. Deep blue sky as a backdrop of these sculptural chimneys. Great sharpness. Very good presentation. Tfs.
Bartleby (13238) 2013-09-03 2:29
a classic! The frame is simple enough, focusing on the subject. I wish the light was a bit warmer though, this is a bit dull. Still, it has some appeal.
lousat (64069) 2013-09-03 4:04
Hi Chris,so you been you too on the top of La Pedrera,a great mine for the photographers that i seen in March,magnificent capture of the chimneys designed by Gaudi,the details are impressives,best moment whit the best light too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (50972) 2013-09-03 4:27
The tight frame is putting the chimneys in evidence. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the chimneys. The quality of the light is enhancing the colours. At first, I toght they wer sculpturs, have a nice day.
CPD66 (752) 2013-09-03 4:43
One of my Favorite cities in Europe mainly thanks Gaudi.
the photo simple composition, but very eye catching all the same.
Sergiom (45308) 2013-09-03 4:54
J'ai exactement la même à la maison. Quelles belles cheminées.Le plan serré est parfait et l'ensemble est d'une grande netteté dans ce ciel parfait.
timecapturer (36978) 2013-09-03 5:08
really like this. The crop is perfect and the effect just captivates the imagination. Looking more like aliens that chimneys, this is a creative and compelling presentation of Gaudi's genius. Well done!
Graal (92118) 2013-09-03 5:12
unusual chimneys designed by Gaudi. He was great artist. Good shot, composition and colors. Nice presentation from Barcelona.
Have a nice afternoon.
Nicou (105679) 2013-09-03 7:04
quelle vue sur ces cheminées elle ont un bien belle figure elles sontz charmante sueprbe cpatage et compo dans ce ciel limpide.
Bravo et amitié
cornejo (22452) 2013-09-03 9:10
Hi Chris, excellent photography of this beautiful and interesting composition with the warriors of La Pedrera, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good day and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (11393) 2013-09-03 10:25
un dettaglio architettonico colto con eccellente nitidezza ed inserito in una bella composizione che ne esalta le forme e la finezza dei dettagli.
Il tutto con una luce perfetta per valorizzare il soggetto ed un contrasto gestito nella migliore delle maniere.
Complimnenti per l'eccellente ripresa.
Ciao e buona serata
rychem (13584) 2013-09-03 10:40
These chimneys of Gaudi are very photogenic, they look like knights in armors, very well captured and composed
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-09-03 12:43
Ciao Chris, great view of fantastic architecture, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jjcordier (67180) 2013-09-03 22:56
Un bon cadrage et une belle lumière sur cette excellente photo des célèbres cheminées de Gaudi.
emka (64124) 2013-09-04 1:34
fantastic chimneys. Now with this close look I see they are all different. great composition. Was it possible to go to the roof?? When I was in Barcelona many years ago there was a very long waiting list (for many days). perfect colours and composition.
Miguel82 (14376) 2013-09-10 9:53
A famous architecture detail and artwork of Barcelona Chris, good close up and excellent quality
Your photo comment is very exhaustive about that monument
ikeharel (43903) 2013-09-11 0:37
Barcelona Gaudi's notable chimneis, Chris, and waht a beautiful photo you posted.
Very clear shot, each looks different, and in fine contrast against the blue sky.