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A tribute to imagination and genius.
When is a house not just a house? When it’s a work of art – and Antoni Gaudi’s ‘humble’ home in Barcelona is for me, the best example. A riotous feast for the eyes at every turn, I wonder what living there must have been like?
Yes, it’s almost Christmas and like most of my friends, I feel that the universe has pressed the accelerator and my head is still back in March. Which feels like yesterday! This post is really for some special friends who have bought a house in Hobart and are beginning a big renovation.
I look to Gaudi for inspiration. Why does a house have to be just a series of four walls with an occasional piece of art? So….. one dimensional! Most tourists visiting Barcelona will make the pilgrimage to Gaudi’s most famous masterpiece – the Sagrada Familia.
But, as with most geniuses, that is just the beginning of his gifts to his home city. His home, designed with a theme of the ocean and its fluid, colourful landscape, is something else. Every area has been designed to the last doorknob.
The staircases? The spine of a whale. Every surface a master of texture and innovation. And when is a patio not a patio or rooftop? When it’s a Gaudi!
Sitting on the Passeig de Gracia in the heart of the city, like a beached whale, the house for me, exemplifies the magnificence of artistic genius.
The latest exhibition at MONA, David Walsh’s imaginatively curated “The Meaning of Art”, sent me running to my pics of Gaudi’s house. Drink in the detail, the colour. Savour the shapes and sinuous lines. Let Gaudi talk to you. In the only language he loved – the language of art.
So, dear Foodie peeps – does Gaudi inspire you? Does the latest language of food that imaginative chefs place before you set you on fire?
I hope this gallery breathes new life into your lives and sets those imaginations ablaze to celebrate. Christmas in all its glory, and good will with inspiration thrown in!
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Oh somehow I missed your comment Lorraine! So sorry- yes I love Gaudi with a passion! If I didn’t love Hobart the way I do I’d be in Barcelona I think!
I love Gaudi! His houses appear as if they were out of a dream. They’re so beautiful.