Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Barcelona sketch

My fifth sketch is of Antoni Gaudi's 'Sagrada Familia' in Barcelona, Spain. It is such an impressive piece of architecture and fascinating that when he designed it, he knew it would never be completed in his lifetime. I can't really imagine what it would be like to design something so incredibly detailed and sophisticated, and know that it couldn't be completed in your life time. Like many designers he was a perfectionist. He left thousands of instructions and drawings on how to complete the whole cathedral. However most of the plans were destroyed in a fire.

They are aiming to complete the building in 2026 (100 years after Gaudi died). It is incredible to stand inside. Gaudi designed the ceiling to look like a a forest canopy - as though you are looking at the sky beneath trees in a forest. Beautiful!

My sketch of Gaudi's 'Sagrada Familia'

Below is the photo I took:

My sketch doesn't do it justice. But it is just a sketch! :)

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