Have you been to the Parc Güell, Vivian? Would love to know of your Gaudi experiences....
Another inspiring phenom, Niki de Sainte Phalle -- first discovered his work in 1955 -- apparently his influence was the impetus to eventually create her own sculpture garden -- a 20 year project that opened in 1998 -- the Tarot Garden, in Tuscany, Italy.
In the throes of a research project at the moment...and speaking of fond memories....my first experience of an art exhibition was at the 1967 World's Fair in Montreal -- Expo 67.
Le Paradis Fantastique, a commission for the French Pavilion -- a collaboration with kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely. I stepped out of the entrance on the rooftop and found myself in the midst of one of the most amazing artistry...
"In the early 60s...Marcel Duchamp introduces Niki and Tinguely to Salvador Dali..." As Lennon says..."Imagine..."
I did Carmen :) I remember thinking how it looked like a sand castle, made of mud. Fragile, but pliable at the same time. On the inside I just remember looking up to what I believe were flowers on the ceiling, the pillars were shaped like tree trunks and branches reaching up.
It is massive, a lot to take in, so you have to leave for a while, eat some roasted chestnuts,drink a cup of sangria, then go back and experience seeing all over again.
I had the great pleasure to visit Barcelona some years ago with my wife - and my camera... ;-) I don't always love big cities but Barcelona - and especially the fascinating architecture from Gaudi - is stunning. I also loved the placas and the beach. They have a great artwork from Rebecca Horn in the middle of the beach.
I have some photos from Barcelona in my FAA Portfolio but don't want to enter this thread with promo activities... ;-)
Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful city and the exceptional Antoni Gaudi!
I've been to Spain twice but never got to Barcelona. There are a few things I would like to see before I die - the Pieta, and La Sagrada Familia are on the list.....I have a book of works by Gaudi in Spanish (which I read) somewhere in my house (I hoard books, so heaven knows where it is) ....I'll have to go look for it now.
"Most of Gaudí’s work was architectural, but even though he dedicated himself most strongly to this art, he also applied his genius to comparatively more prosaic arts like furniture and decorative elements for the various houses and buildings he constructed."
I went to Barcelona a few years as part of an Architecture trip with my University. It is such an amazing city full of culture and character.
Gaudi's buildings are scattered all around the city, some in the main streets, and some in more secluded side streets.
i was blown away when I visited the Sagrada Familia, It has such a unique style and appearance. The projected completion date is 2026. It will have taken 150 years to complete, which just shows you the scale of the project and the completed size of the church.
I took this shot as I was ascending up one of the spires of the Sagrada Familia, the sun was beginning to set over the city of Barcelona.