fighting arenas

Today Catalunya has fortunately approved to end bullfighting shows in its territory from 2012 on. Canary Islands already did it in 1991, but the topic is still provoking a huge controversy amongst Spanish most rooted sectors.

Most arenas have been used for pop concerts, acrobatic performances or commercial activities during the winter season as well; Barcelona already turned its main arena into a commercial shopping mall. Cartagena awaits for a contemporary art museum recovering the Roman Theatre above which the bullfighting arena had been built and abandoned.

The possibility that the whole country ends up closing these macabre spots of barbarian traditions opens a wide range of possibilities to come up with new uses for them…

[images1&2> abandoned Plaza de Toros in Cartagena, Murcia via skyscrapercity and ayuntamiento de cartagena] [image3>reconversion barcelona arena by josep toledo]

2 Comments

  1. G

    “macabre spots of barbarian traditions”
    let’s hope this is irony
    dramatization of death is not cruel
    tauromachy is a form of art when it is mastered
    ritual slaughter is a very old and respectful practice
    Andrew Warhola

  2. daniel

    sorry, i don’t believe and don’t respect any kind of culture or art protecting slaughter for mere entertainment, never mind how rooted it is in society. human sacrifice used to be also common part of some cultures and it is no longer a common practice. but if you are really interested in bullfighting, there is still a whole part of the country who supports it.

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