More Gaudi

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Foreign Travel | 4 Comments

Parc Guell sits on the edge of a foothill just east of downtown Barcelona. Some call it Gauid’s playground. It is, however, a public park and has been for over 100 years.

The land donor commissioned Anton Gaudi (primary architect of Sagrada Familia Basilica) to design the park. Much of what he began experimenting with here became ideas that were incorporated into the Sagrada Familia.

Not initially designed by Gaudi, nonetheless this became his home (and he added some of the ornamentation). It is now the Gaudi House Museum.

Gaudi was very inventive in creating structures free of more traditional limitations of rigidity and texture.

Gaudi used mosaics in many areas but again in different formats than what had come before. Some of his mosaic work did feature design (below) but more often to create a different sense of texture and reflectivity.

4 Comments

  1. Pamela Shea
    December 13, 2017

    What a beautiful place. Some may call it a bit gaudy, but hey, it’s Gaudi, and it can be both whimsical and magical as well as a bit “over the top” (literally and figuratively). I especially love the sun mosaic; I detect several references in it. Such is the yin/yang of life.

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  2. Carol
    December 13, 2017

    Thank you again for giving us a peek at something we will never see for ourselves. Quite different!

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  3. Lynda
    December 13, 2017

    Love the whimsical rooftops in the first photo. Thank you for taking me along!

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  4. Sheana
    December 14, 2017

    He was a genius with such imagination!

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