Barcelona memory of Antonio Gaudi
Barcelona memory of Antonio Gaudi. When Antonio Gaudi was asked why he decorates the top of the domes, as they are not visible from the ground, he answered: “The angels will enjoy them”. At his works you can stare endlessly long as at water or fire, and each time discovering something new. All taxis in Barcelona are black and yellow, only black-and-yellow, by special order of the City Hall, published in 1926. According to Catalan symbolism, black – the color of mourning, yellow – the color of shame. Taxis in Barcelona carry mourning and shame on them. Like everything else in Barcelona, in the memory of Gaudi. Antonio Gaudi died in the city, which he had built. If not Gaudi, there would not be Barcelona. Barcelona got its worldwide fame owing to him, half-mad architect building houses without fancy design of engineers and their developed technologies.
In the back of the extension to the Sagrada Familia is a museum of Gaudi workshop. There is a large mirror above which, hanging a myriad of small pouches at different altitudes. The domes of irregular shapes reflected in the mirror. Just raising or lowering groups of pouches, Gaudi designed his difficult relief forms.
Barcelona was a provincial small town, until here has appeared a strange man, with raw eggs in his pockets, because the egg – a symbol of beauty and eternity, he hated angles because the right angle was created by people, but from God – it is a circle. He build houses without overlappings and was ready to bring magic into stone. Only in few decades NASA developed a mathematical formula used for calculating such constructions.
Buildings with eyes instead of balconies, palaces with the zoos on the roof, alloy gates in the form of a dragon, lacy towers, dinosaurs, lying down on the roof of a building of an ordinary city, the cathedral, only vaguely reminiscent of the cathedral – the man in Barcelona was allowed everything and he really tried.
Talent of Gaudi was noticed by another eccentric, very rich Barcelona industrialist Eusebi Guell – he allowed Gaudi to build whatever he wants, wherever he wants to, and whenever he wants to. So Gaudi received the sole disposal of Barcelona.
June 7, 1926 Antonio Gaudi, as usual, was walking around the city, looking at the clouds – he believed them to be the perfect creation of nature, and received creative ideas from them.
In the city has just appeared the first tram. And the old man did not notice the iron monster … None cabby, no motorist did help the poor in the accident, they took him for a beggar, unable to pay the fare. He was taken to a hospital for the poor by Barcelona custody order.
Three days the citizens were searching for their Gaudi. But no one had thought to look for him in the hospital for the poor. Where he died without regaining consciousness.
And then the Barcelona City Hall ordered all cabbies and taxi drivers throughout the city now and for ever wear a color of mourning for the great Gaudi and color of shame for human callousness.
List of Gaudí buildings: 1883-1888 – House Vicens, Barcelona 1883-1885 – El Capricho, Comillas (Cantabria) 1884-1887 – Pavilions Güell manor, Pedralbes (Barcelona) 1886-1889 – Palace Guell, Barcelona – UNESCO World Heritage, 1984 1888-1894 – School of the Monastery of St. Theresa, Barcelona 1889-1893 – Episcopal Palace in Astorga, Castile (Leon) 1891-1892 – Botines, Leon 1891-1926 – Temple of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona 1892-1893 – The mission of the Franciscans in Tangier (not implemented) 1895-1898 – Wine Cellars Güell Garaffa 1898-1904 – House Calvet, Barcelona 1898-1916 – Chapel and crypt Colonia Guell, Santa Coloma de Cervelló 1900-1902 – House street Belesguard Figueras, Barcelona 1900-1914 – Park Guell, Barcelona – UNESCO World Heritage, 1984 1901-1902 – Manor Mirallas 1904 – Warehouses forge cooperative Badia 1905 (May) – Hotel Project «Attraction», New York (not implemented) 1904-1906 – House Batlló “Casa Batllo “Barcelona 1904-1914 – Reconstruction of the Cathedral, Palma de Mallorca 1906-1910 – Casa Mila” Quarry “, Barcelona – UNESCO World Heritage, 1984 1909-1910 – Parish school of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.