A visit to Parc Art
(Art Park), in Cassà de la Selva
, is an invitation to enjoy nature in a setting fashioned down to the last detail to house unique contemporary sculptures.
Getting to Parc Art is easier if you have your own vehicle, since it is outside Cassà de la Selva town centre and is not served by public transport.
Though guided tours are not laid on, you can opt for an accompanied visit if you wish, though it is not necessary for enjoying the park. You can start off your visit by having a look at the room beside reception, where temporary exhibitions of small-scale sculptures are put on.
Parc Art has a total of 150 contemporary sculptures by artists of national and international repute, the sculptures all standing in the open air, dotted around a garden with an area of one hectare. Nothing is left to chance in this landscape or in the way the space is treated: each work is sited in the right spot for it – under a cork tree, or floating on the waters of a lake, or resting on the grass, or framed by the native wood surrounding this spot.
Names such as Bonaventura Ansón, Antoni Clavé, Xicu Cabanyes, Domènec Fita, Lluís Llongueras, Anna Roser Puig, Quim Domene, Francesc Torres Monzó, Xavier Medina Campany, Jorge Oteiza, Josep M. Riera i Aragó, Rosa Serra, Emília Xargay, and more besides, up to a total of some fifty artists, make up the catalogue of this exhibition, which was arranged by the entrepreneur and sculptor Jaume Roser Laromaine.
Taking the whole family to see Parc Art is highly recommendable: you can see everything in around an hour and a half, though of course you can spend as long as you like walking around, gazing at everything, or just sitting down and enjoying some cool spot.
Visiting this estate is also a way of seeing an exhibition of its flora and fauna, featuring both native and exotic species – animals ranging unfettered such as turkeys and swans, and others that can be spotted behind fences. That small-scale zoo is the abode of emus, geese, muscovy ducks, mallards, dwarf goats and other creatures, likewise under the surveillance of sculptures that evoke them, attracting the attention of the youngest members of visiting families.
A little zoo for the young ones.
You are free to stop off and to go forwards and backwards along the route, which is full of corners where nature and art interact to form a dialogue with its own language. A dome in the form of a bower lets you see the sky from a new perspective, while a maze of cypress trees conceals small-format works around its bends... and so on with one surprise after another, making a visit to this park an experience of pure discovery.