The heart of Raval. I know Valentine’s is over but this giant illuminated heart can still be seen hanging over Calle Guifré in Barcelona, Spain. Actually, it has been there since 2004. Not because the people who put it were saving it for Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George’s Day), Catalonian version of Valentine’s Day held in April, nor it has suffered the same fate as Christmas decors, left up until Valentine’s Day.
According to Fundació Tot Raval, the giant heart was constructed by Jordi Vila and was part of the initiative of Almazen in 2004 to ‘open the eyes’ of the neighborhood to the reality of the street and unite forces against ‘uncivil’ acts.
Raval can be found in the district of Ciutat Vella (Old City) and is home to many immigrants including Filipinos. Many things have been said about the Barrio as migrant workers from different countries and of different cultures converge here. But the giant heart still belongs to Raval. Daniel Infante Tuaño