Updated Apr 21 2020
The well-known Canadian architect Frank Gehry designed the great Golden Fish (in catalan Peix Daurat), a monument that towers 35 metres high and 56 metres long, and is located on the maritime walk along La Barceloneta, almost at the foot of the Mapfre Tower and the Hotel Arts. In contrast to the bright blue sky on a sunny day, the fish can often appear to be in the sea.
Frank Gehry is a well-known Canadian architect. Awarded with the renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989, Frank Gehry studied and worked in Los Angeles and Paris in his early career. It was during this period in France that he studied the work of major French artists such as Le Corbusier as well as other important European artists. After this experience he opened his own architecture studio in the USA and little by little he started to make a name for himself. He is known for working with unfinished materials, as well as playing with different geometrics forms in buildings and monuments he has designed.
An iconic image of this area of Barcelona was sought after for the Olympic Games of 1992, and Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish couldn’t have been more appropriate.
It’s made of steel in a bronze colour, and the sun is beautifully reflected thanks to its unique structure. This, together with the fact that it’s just a few steps away from the beach, makes it impossible to resist taking a few photos, especially in the evening when the sunset gives it a golden glow.
passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta – Port Olímpic, Barcelona.
You can only visit the Golden Fish from the outside.
How to get there
Metro: Ciutadella / Villa Olímpica (line 4).
Bus: 10, 36, 45, 57, 59, 71, 157 and tourist bus.
Tram: Ciutadella – Vila Olímpica (lines T4 and T5).
By foot: a few minutes’ walk from the area of La Barceloneta and from the beach.
Nearby places of interest
Barcelona’s Ciutadella Park
Barcelona Triumphal Arch
La Barceloneta Clock Tower
França railway station