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I Heart Valencia

One of Juan Ripollés's sculptures which was part of the Universo Ripollés exhibition in front of the Palau de les Arts.

 

The exhibition, made up of both bronze and fibreglass covered with very small Murano glass particles sculptures ran on the promenade of L'Umbracle in Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences.

 

L'Umbracle is a large promenade and garden area in Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences.

 

Sitting on top of a giant underground car park - and disguising its true nature with architectural whimsy as vents are decorated in tile and lifts disguised as fancy cones - it is also home to plants and trees from the region.

 

The promenade which provides views down over the rest of the complex is also home to art exhibits through the year, while the gardens house programmes themselves, such as one with giant animatronic dinosaurs.

 

Santiago Calatrava's Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is one of the spectacular buildings to make up Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences.

 

With a dome standing 250ft high, it is the world's tallest opera house, home to the Valencian Community Orchestra and host to numerous world stars.

 

There are four theatres inside, with a combined capacity of more than 4,000, while outside a giant cantilever canopy floats above a structure that seems half-animal, half plant.

 

Building began in 1995 and took 10 years to complete, by which time much of the City of Arts and Sciences was already built.

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Taken on February 2, 2011