When I was hanging out with Kym (an Australian couch surfer) she told me that she thought the term gaudy came from looking at the works of Gaudí
Merriam-Webster onlines says Gaudy is : marked by extravagance or sometimes tasteless showiness
well….. this origin of the word could very well be true because the works of Gaudí are certaintly extravagant- lots of decoration and lots of color…..EVERYWHERE
Gaudí has famous works all over the city of Barcelona- 17 to be specific- I was so fascinated by him I bought a book about all of his architectural works.
Here is a quick rundown about Gaudí:
He was born in 1852 with a full name of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (no it wasnt a typo… i dont know why the extra “i” is there…could be a first…but it is lower case, who knows)
He is considered the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism and one of the leaders of Art Nouveau in Europe
When he was younger he was quite sick and spent a lot of time on his farm studying nature. He used this interest in all of his works- Gaudí includes nature -whether it is the curves of waves or pillars that resemble elephant legs- in all of his works.
If you look at any of Guadí’s works you will notice that is is Extremely difficult to find straight lines.
Oh one thing I just remembered about Gaudí- Not only did he have very detailed architectural works, but he also designed/picked out ALL of the furniture in the buildings, and the plants what were outside/in his parks- he didnt just build a building, but created a whole fluid work of art
La Pedrera: an apartment building built for some really wealthy people
(okay so right about now – when im looking for a full facade photo… i realize i never backed up to take a full view photo… but this is looking up at the apartment- the balcony’s have wrought iron )
A bed in the apartment building- once again please notice the lack of straight lines
The apartments were kind of like shaped like a GiAnt Bundt Cake…yes, i am comparing a buliding to a Bundt Cake- But its TRUE!
See this Bundt cake- it has the curves like the apartment buliding, and the apartment building had this sort of oval-ish shape. -Each apartment is one entire floor of the Bundt Cake
The important part that makes it most like a bundt cake is that on the inside there was a circular opening -courtyard at the bottom, well… more like a open air hallway with some pretty things.
The most, for lack of a better term, crazy thing about La Pedrera is the Chimneys….who said chimneys couldn’t be fun and pretty?
Okay so its not the best picture- but im not so good at the “holdthecameraoutasfarasyoucan,aim ,andtakeapictureofyourself” game.
Park Güell is a 15 hectare park that was meant to be apart of a residential complex….when i was there i didnt see a ton of houses- but to be honest we didn’t walk around all the 15 hectares either- so i dont know if people every really lived there/do live there but its a beautiful park that over looks the city
And Finally- La Sagrada Familia aka the Sacred Family (its a church)
Guadí started this church in 1883 and worked on it his entire career. He died unexpectedly in 1926 at the age of 73 and although they have been working on the church since his death it is still only 60 percent done. I think part of this is due to funding and part due to the HUGE and DETAILED project that it is.
I really like Veronica in this one- she is in the center on the bottom level.
There is soooo much beautiful and colorful stained glass in this church – i would LOVE to see the inside of the church when it is done…..but Wikipedia says the EARLIEST it will be done is 2026….hmm well maybe by then i can save a few pennies to visit.
and Bundt Cake!