Tuesday, April 08, 2008

work in progress

ceiling of one of what will be five naves in la sagrada familia
modern relief door of the sagrada familia. i wanted to capture "pilat," since i have a fascination for pontius pilate from bulgakov's master and margarita

gaudi's la sagrada familia in barcelona is totally amazing. in fact, saying that doesn't even begin to express how amazing it is. they've been working on it for 125 years and it is still very much under construction. it's more than just a building or a church or a temple, it's a work of art. a breathtaking, mind-boggling, stunning work of art.
art and architecture like this doesn't happen today. there is too much expectation of buildings being finished quickly. there is too little experimentation. there is too little artistry in architecture. contractors cost too much and dare too little. it is a testament to barcelona that they continue the work on this amazing artwork. that they innovate gaudi's vision...as you can see above with the modern face of the bronze word-relief doors and the carved stone knight with his amazing, fluid lines. it is a humbling place, even if you aren't the least bit religious...you could nearly become religious about art and architecture visiting it. and it's somewhere that would be worth going back to again and again to see the progress and absorb the overwhelming details. it would give richly on repeated visits, of that i am certain.


Maryam in Marrakesh said...

That modern relief door is just incredible. It reminds me of Jenny Holzer.

julochka said...

i'm not sure who the artist on that one is, it wasn't entirely clear and i haven't been able to find it online...but anyway, they were totally cool! especially with the shadows created by the sun shining on them.