Antoni Gaudi is considered the grand master of Catalan modernism and he spent his life creating art and architecture for the city of Barcelona. Incorporating his various skilled crafts like ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork and carpentry into his work, his works make kooky imprints on the city, that in my mind, make him kind of like the Mad Hatter of Barcelona. Refusing to see the world as everyone else does, love or hate his work, you can’t deny that Gaudi had a point and stuck to it. I’m guessing he didn’t care too much to listen to critics or those that pointed out that his architecture wasn’t how things are ‘normally’ done. The man has a vision and kept with it.
Begun in 1915, Gaudi devoted himself to Sagrada Familia until his death. The church has continued to be build since then and has plans to include 18 steeples that are to be finished in 2022.
Park Guell is chaotic with both crowds and visuals. The park sprawls up, allowing for a few of the city and sea beyond if you’re willing to climb. Sprinkled throughout the space are musicians singing, playing the guitar and even square dancing – yes, I kid you not. I’m sure an act as a bizarre as a mass square dancing ‘Cotton-Eye Joe’ in Barcelona, Spain in the type of oddity Gaudi might have smiled at. To me, it’s proof that no matter how far from home you go, home has a way of finding you.