Monday, 16 April 2012

The meeting of Gaudí and nature

"Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator" Gaudi.

Antoni Gaudí the famous Spanish Catalan architect was born in 1856. He studied architecture in Barcelona and graduated in 1878. When receiving his degree the Director of the Architecture school allegedly told Gaudí "We have given this academic title either to a fool or a genius. Time will show."

I think time has shown that the title was given to a genius, albeit an eccentric one.

Day two in Barcelona I went to the Parc Güell, a garden with many architectural elements, created between 1900 and 1914. It is up on a hill a couple of kilometres from the centre of Barcelona. 

Gaudí's passions were architecture, nature, religion and love for Catalonia. Nature is certainly a running theme in all of his designs. The Parc Güell is certainly no exception. Here is a palm tree in the foreground with a stone wall behind.

The roots of a tree.

A stone arcade.

A nobbled tree trunk.

A nobbled stone detail.

A stone trunk.

Harmony between manmade and nature.


Full colour.

Gaudí also does colour extremely well...but that is the subject of another post, here is a taster.

For more information about the 'Parc Güell' have a look at their website.

We were in Barcelona as guests of the budget Spanish airline Vueling and the award-winning Indie Internet radio station ScannerFM for the #MyVuelingCity bloggers meet. 

Muchas gracias!

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