Park Guell: Step inside the futuristic vision of Gaudí is actually the second article I dedicate to the city of daydreams, Barcelona! This city embraced art and architecture like no other, and this fact is revealed in its remarkable Catalan architecture and many stupendous modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí.
Park Guell is one of the most surreal landscapes ever build on the planet, the futuristic experiment of the architect Antonio Gaudí and his wealthy patron the Count Eusebi Guell, after whom the park was named. Though never fully completed, it still remains one of Gaudí’s most vibrant and humorous projects and has been attracting, tourists, art lovers, and dreamers to a visually striking, and technologically complex future of Barcelona. Enough said. This article will embark on a heartfelt journey to rediscover the futuristic and dynamic vision of the fantasy concept of the Park!
In my previous article, I explained why a visit to Barcelona will remain incomplete without a step foot inside Gaudi’s 170-meter-tall Masterpiece “La Sagrada Familia.” However, alongside Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Park Güell is one of the most imaginative and one of the most important must-see places in Barcelona.
Introduction to Gaudi’s Vision
In order to value Gaudi’s futuristic vision, one must witness the context in which he envisaged his constructions. His passion for architecture, spirituality, and art helped Gaudi penetrate the door of distinction and fame more rapidly than any architect of his age. Born in the late 1800’s, Gaudi was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus who grew up fascinated by geometry and the natural wonders of the Catalonian countryside. He considered each inch and element of his creations and integrated into his architecture handicrafts such as ceramics, glass and marble mosaic tiles and skillful iron work. Seven of his masterpieces were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list between the late 1900’s and early 2000’s. Gaudi gained the nickname God’s Architect through his influence in religious images that appear in many of his works. For Gaudí, form and function were indivisible; one found visual splendor only after seeking structural effectiveness, which controls the natural world.
A dreamy walkway in Park Guell
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Barcelona? Well for me, it’s all about the dreamy, gingerbread house-looking buildings ornamented in colorful mosaics overlooking the city skyline! The ethereal beauty of Park Guell gives you a spectacular dream-like view of Barcelona. This Park is also believed to be one of the world’s most beautiful sites for contemporary mosaic art, colorful tiles, and recycled ceramics!
Mosaic Art and a tribute to nature
Last but foremost, as Gaudí gave it the most interesting texture, the famous lizard in Barcelona is actually known as “El Drac”, or the dragon, one must not forget to mention the ethereal modernity of this mosaic stained which contribute to the overall interest and futurism inside the Park.
Ps: If you’re planning your visit to Park Guell, make sure to touch the famous lizard, it is said to bring luck!
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