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Bee by Antoni Gaudí

<p>Crown of the standard of the Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense (Matar&oacute; Workers&rsquo; Cooperative), 1884</p>
<p>Antoni Gaud&iacute; (Reus, 1852 - Barcelona, 1926)</p>
<p>Bronze</p>
<p>19 x 23&nbsp;cm</p>
<p>Photo: Ramon Manent. Museum of Matar&oacute;</p>

Crown of the standard of the Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense (Mataró Workers’ Cooperative), 1884

Antoni Gaudí (Reus, 1852 - Barcelona, 1926)

Bronze

19 x 23 cm

Photo: Ramon Manent. Museum of Mataró

Antoni Gaudí was associated with the city of Mataró through the architect’s close ties with the local Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense (Mataró Workers’ Cooperative), where he designed houses for workers along with several buildings for the factory. Currently some of the sanitation installations and cotton bleaching buildings still stand, including a building known as Nau Gaudí, which is owned by the city.

One of Gaudí’s last interventions in this cooperative was the design of the company’s standard in 1884. The only part of the original that still remains is the bee that topped the standard, a symbol of hard work and industry.

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