‘Federico García Lorca described bullfighting as “probably Spain’s greatest poetic and life-sustaining wealth”. So what does it mean now that the corrida is giving way to the rituals of metrosexual grooming? This is what has happened at Las Arenas, formerly Barcelona‘s second bullring and now its newest shopping mall.
To be fair, it’s not just the young and hip who come here. Las Arenas had more than 300,000 visitors in its opening week this March: that’s around a tenth of the city. The rooftop public viewing terrace has been a huge hit, offering an unrivalled 360-degree view of the city. Families seem to have incorporated the building into their evening stroll. Senior citizens stare in amazement as they ascend the escalators, perhaps recalling great bullfights they saw at Las Arenas, where fearless matadors once struck poses in the face of charging bovine fury; now, the closest contact between man and beast might be the purchase of a leather manbag.’
From an article by Steve Rose in The Guardian