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Gaudi, visitors, and owner. | by egold.
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Gaudi, visitors, and owner.

During my Gaudi-day I’ve been on the roof of Casa Batlló with its beautiful chimneys covered by a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. As always, there are a lot of visitors around. Everyone is busy: looking, shooting or just collecting information for the future talk with friends, telling them about Gaudi and wonderful Barcelona. Looks like everybody having fun and enjoying... but it’s not truth... I saw the black bird, who was very disappointed by everything around her. She looked like real owner of this place and all uninvited people just were in the way for her lunch and after lunch siesta...


Casa Batlló is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodeled in the years 1905–1907. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the facade is decorated with a multicolored mosaic. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.


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Explore front page, #82, 07/13/09

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Taken on June 1, 2009