"Diva, Gran Prix '23 , Sitges-Terramar, Barcelona, 1920s".
Art Direction: Philip James Baber; illustration: Mads Berg.
Proceeds from all Stick No Bills® sales of this image go to Medicos Sin Fronteras and Foundation Save The Med.
This is the second of two inaugural Stick No Bills® Barcelona designs which cast grandstand views, split seconds apart, onto an adrenaline-fuelled moment of glory that took place ninety-nine years ago, in Sitges on the affluent south west coast of the Barcelona province.
For our 2022 entrée on ‘La Peninsula’, we imagine our way back to October 1923 when Frenchman, Albert Divo, accelerated his British Sunbeam towards a historic victory at “l’Autòdrom més emocionant del món” in the very first race to officially carry the title Spanish Grand Prix.
Our 1920s femme fatale grips the rail as she witnesses Divo tear through his final laps of the two-kilometre oval circuit.
Why did we chose to imbue a sense of place for Barcelona at far-flung Sitges-Terramar, of all places?
Because, in spite of being an exceptionally impressive feat of art deco engineering - reportedly built in under 300 days no less - this autodrome has stood empty and abandoned for almost all of its one hundred years of existence. Like a forgotten jewel and an eerily under-used and ghostly yet unashamedly concrete reminder of how quickly halcyon days can be overshadowed by more troubled times.
The Iberian peninsula's very first purpose built race tracks therefore serves as the perfect starting point for a visual odyssey within which we hope to encapsulate the ambition and the glamour of Barcelona's bygone eras; of times when the city rose to global acclaim for the first time, becoming renowned as a wealthy pioneer of industry, technology, urban planning and architecture, of art, fashion and style.
The hubris of the context (only recognised with the benefit of hindsight) makes these two cinematic motifs depicting what poet Robert Browning called 'finite hearts that yearn' all the more poignant.
For our lovestruck heroine the first moment is complicated by the penetrating stare of a jealous third protagonist. The second moment shows the jealous man to have suddenly vanished, thereby 'liberating' her, if only for a split second, from his possessive gaze.
It is an honour to find ourselves at this exciting point in our own evolution as poster art curators, archivists and designers, on the cusp of helping roll out images old and new that together chart the heritage and the projected sense of identity of one magnificent city very close to our - and so many millions of others' - hearts. We hope that with your support we can do justice to this challenging task at hand.
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|Artist / Production Entity:||Philip James Baber / Mads Berg|
|Dimensions:||61 x 91cm / 24" x 35.8"|
|With or without white border:||including 6.5cm / 2.54" white border|
|Location where created:||Palma / Copenhagen|
|Era / Date of Original Release:||1960s|
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