Today's Wonder of the World is...Antoni Gaudi's Fantastical Architecture!
Flickr photo by NatashaP
I knew I had to do a post on Gaudi's Architecture when I was putting together yesterday's post on scales and saw that picture of his Casa Batllo.
Gaudi was a genius. Or maybe a crazy nut.
Just look at this window.
Flickr photo by Oceano Mare
Incredible, huh? To make a window look like an eye!
(Okay, a weird alien eye.)
Once you start really examining his work, it's clear that nature inspired Gaudi.
Remember my post on drippy sandcastles and Gaudi's sandcastle cathedral in his city of Barcelona, Spain? The Sagrada Familia?
Flickr photo by magic_eye
Just take a look inside.
Flickr photo by davidly1975
I see flowers and plant stalks and seashells.
What do you see?
What about his Casa Mila?
Flickr photo by Klaus Dolle
Doesn't that building look alive to you? Like some kind of sea creature...or mushroom? Or maybe Jabba the Hutt wearing a ruffled dress? Or maybe not.
Take just a minute and see some of his inspiration in this video. It's very cool, even without Jabba the Hutt.
What do you think inspired this curvy bench in Park Guell?
Flickr photo by acastellano
A snake, maybe? Any other ideas?
Here's a view of part of Gaudi's Park Guell.
Flickr photo by Thomas Dalosis
We spent an afternoon there walking around, sitting on snake benches and listening to people play guitar under a giant rib cage. It tickled my senses and made me want to get out paints and modeling clay. And I'm not even an artist!
Park Guell is just as fun for adults as it is for kids.
Look! I know those kids!
Here's a better pic of that same lizard, kidless.
Flickr photo by rpthorne
You have to love an architect inspired by lizards and bellybuttons and snail shells.
Public Domain photo
Antoni Gaudi, a devout Catholic, who said, "Originality means returning to the origin."
As corny as it sounds, his work makes me take a second look at the wonders of life all around me. It makes me ask myself, "How can I express the beauty I find in life? What can I do with that inspiration?"
Would you like to know more about him, or see more of his work? Go HERE and enjoy!
(And believe it or not, I just watched the video and noticed they chose music from Star Wars for part of the background. See! I'm not the only one that starts thinking about Jabba the Hutt when admiring Gaudi architecture!)
Have a wonder-full Tuesday, y'all!
PS I almost forgot! I found out that I was wrong about something. (My husband won't believe I'm admitting it! Ha ha.) Back in the earlier post when I mentioned Gaudi, I said that the word gaudy comes from Gaudi. Not true! My sources were wrong. Apparently gaudy even shows up in several works by Shakespeare, way before Antoni was around. Sorry about that, folks! My apologies, Gaudi!