Dragon on the Roof
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 de los 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 Modernism 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 center, 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.
I didn’t know that theory about dragon-like roof of Casa Batlló when I made this shot but inner voice told me to do it from this point of view. Seems everyone can see now this ‘dragon on the roof’...
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Explore front page #12, 08/03/09