There are no straight lines or corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners. -Antoni Gaudí
This month, I’m continuing a series on art I saw while I lived in Europe. Art and its rich legacy in architecture are present everywhere in Europe. And while there may be a difference between the two, in some ways, architecture is art. Especially when the architect is Antoni Gaudí.
My family and I visited Barcelona, Spain, and I blogged about it here. It was a beautiful city, more connected to the beach and the Mediterranean Sea than many other cities on the water. I loved the sailboats and the azure colors of the sea and sky. And the people were entertaining with their different behaviors on the beach and around town.
As we toured Barcelona, I began to associate the work of architect Antoni Gaudí as an emblem of the city.
Gaudí and Barcelona
Gaudí was born in 1852 in Catalonia, the region of Spain which Barcelona is in. The majority of his work was influenced by his faith and nature.
“The creation continues incessantly through the media of man.” – Gaudí
Gaudí is best known for his Sagrada Familia, which incorporates neo-Gothic and Modernisme styles. His architecture is so different, it is unforgettable.
“Tomorrow we will do beautiful things.” Gaudí
“Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.” – Gaudí
His masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Catalonia. Between 1984 and 2005, UNESCO declared seven of Gaudí’s works to be World Heritage Sites.
“Don´t worry, my client isn´t in a hurry” – Gaudí
“Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.” – Gaudí
“Those who look for the laws of nature to support their new works collaborate with the creator.” – Gaudí
Have you seen Gaudí’s work in Barcelona? What did you think?