Juan Carlos I Park is a Madrid’s park with the largest number of modern open-air sculptures. Architect Jose Luis Esteban is credited with the look of the park, along with a designer named Emilio Esteras. They are considered the most modern and urban artists (architects and designers) in Spain. Juan Carlos I is a member of the Spanish royal family, born in 1938, who, like all Spanish kings and queens, got his park in Madrid.
The festival that this park is home to is the Metro Rock Festival - a festival of rock music. The size of the park is 160 hectares and over 2000 olive trees have been planted on this area. There is also a lake here, as well as an area for various sports activities. Golf is regularly played here, and canoeing is possible on the lake, as well as various water sports and fishing, and cycling is also popular here, because there is a special-separate bike path in the park. In addition to walking, the park can be visited with a little train, which is free and which runs every 30 minutes. As in every Madrid park, exhibitions, concerts, festivals and various activities are organized here, for children and adults.
The sculptures in the park are masterpieces of recent date, made by artists from all over the world. For example: Sculpture "Fingering" from an artist from Chile, "Meetings" - Mustafa Arruf, "Eolos" - Belgium, "Space Mexico" - Mexico, "The songs of the Crossroads" - Argentina and the remaining 14 sculptures that are really worth seeing. The sculptures are permanent installations in the park, unusual, different, just like the park itself. This park is a favorite among artists and students of modern art.
Entrance to the park is free, but the park is not always open.
From June to September, the park is open from 7 am to 1 am, and during the winter and spring, the park is open from 7 am to 11 pm.
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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