Spain

Yes, This Public Sculpture Is Really Made From Condoms

Hundreds of glowing, pendulous prophylactics liven up a drab square in Madrid.

Don't Worry, the Spanish Are Already Protesting the 2020 Olympics

Artists in Madrid railed against the "destruction" of the Games with artwork made from what looks like Molotov cocktails.

Seville's Wild Pre-Easter Processions

A week-long parade, featuring wooden sculptures of the Passion

A Bleak Christmas in Recession-Ravaged Europe

Gift purchases are dow n, Christmas lights are dim, and families are suffering.

Buy a House, Get a Visa: Coming Soon Everywhere?

Money is increasingly your passport to Europe.

The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

How Spanish Urbanism Lost its Leading Edge

The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.

Barcelona's Famed Cathedral Finally Gets the Color It Wanted

Special-effects wizards used Antoni Gaudì's sketches to psychedelically animate the La Sagrada Familia.

Pontiac Ex-Councilman in Cocaine-Trafficking Bust: Officials Gone Wild

A roundup of the latest crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments perpetrated by our esteemed municipal leaders.

Time Is Currency in Spain's Cities

With plenty of time, and no Euros, some Spaniards are putting hours in the bank.

When Bulls Tear Through a City's Streets

Photos from the running of the bulls.

Filling a City With Moving Walkways: Is This a Good Idea?

Is this Spanish walkalator a boon for the old and infirm, or a crutch for the lazy?

Happy 4th of July! From the World's Premiere Gunpowder Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang transforms fireworks into eardrum-shattering "smoke paintings" in cities across the world.

What the Recession Looks Like in Spain

Images tell the story of the country's struggle to get its economy back in order.

Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.

Madrid's Broken Drinking Fountains Become Shimmering Waterfalls of Light

Two anonymous Spanish artists use light to highlight defects in the urban landscape. At issue here: Madrid's busted-down public fountains.

Crazy Spanish Culture Center Closed After Just 9 Months

The popular Niemeyer Center was meant to revitalize a gritty industrial town. But the government deemed it too lavish to operate