“Reusing” becomes an aesthetic asset for trashion : a rapidly spreading trend which employs discarded objects as raw materials to redefine our concept of fashion and design from an eco-friendly approach.
One example is Vaho : a catalan shop specialized in handbags made out of recycled materials particularly event-advertising billboards . As expressed in its webpage , the product starts once the event finishes. After being selected, the billboard canvases are cleaned then manufactured in local social rehabilitation workshops. This trashion design company also crafts products made out of tires . The collection of Vaho items includes bags, handbags, wallets and laptop cases all made from discarded graphically relevant pvc canvases which would be burnt otherwise. Vaho also displays ingeniously crafted furniture made of metal containers or antique bathtubs . One could say that if you could literally carry Barcelona´s agenda it would be through one of these bags.
Park Guell in Catalan or Parque Guell in Spanish was originally designed to be an urbanization development. It was entrusted by the catalan entrepreneur Eusebi Guell. Its construction was from 1900 until 1914. Currently it is a public park with beautiful gardens and several important architectonic elements.
As Casa Mila Park Guell is a result of Gaudí´s naturalist period where the architect drew great inspiration from the forms of nature.
Park Guell is full of organic features and ingenious structural solutions that would be later developed in the famous Sagrada Familia.
Park Guell shows a great deal of religious and catalan nationalism symbolism. Both of these traits are found in the access stairs where the catalan states are represented and in the Monumento al Calvario originally thought as a chapel.
The park exudes Gaudi´s personal style and a profound inspiration in nature. Its wavy lines reminds us of lava rivers, its columns resemble trees and stalactites. Many of the park´s surfaces are covered with brightly coloured ceramics commonly known as trencadís.
Gaudí aimed to integrate perfectly the park with its natural surroundings. To achieve this effect he designed slanted rock-built columns of diverse sizes and shapes which remind us of tree trunks or natural caves. Gaudi also managed to incorporate a religious sense to the Park Guell trajectory by taking profit of the terrain´s irregularity designing an ascending religious path which takes us to Monumento al Calvario or Colina de las Tres Cruces.
The main access of Park Guell is also remarkable on each side there are two pavilions which exhibit Gaudi´s intricate and organic approach to design. These pavilions face the famous staircase with the well-known multicolor dragon. The staircase takes us to the hypostyle hall a place composed of 86 of trencadis covered columns resemblig a cave, another example of Gaudí´s nature-inspired design concept. This hall supports the main open space of the park bordered by undulating seating benches covered also in trencadís.
Park Guell was declared a World Heritage building by Unesco 1984. It is yet another example of the work of a genius and definitely worth gawking at.
Commonly known as La Pedrera (¨quarry¨ in catalan) Casa Mila was built between 1906 and 1912. This building was designed for Pere Mila and Roser Segimon.
Casa Mila is a true reflection of Antoni Gaudi artistic prime.
This building is a wonderful example of his most naturalist approach. A period in which the architect finds a great deal of inspiration in nature manifesting a strong fixation in organic free-flowing lines, feature which is skillfully achieved thanks to his thorough structural analysis.
Like in the rest of his works in Casa Mila Gaudi frees himself from classic and rationalist rigidity exploiting ornamental creation and creative freedom.
The six-storey building is formed by two independent structures each with its own access and patio de luces. Nonetheless the façade presents one structure which is common to both buildings. The function of the facade is not structural therefore its design is charged with marked creative freedom and ornament. Gaudi was inspired by the sea waves to create the curved exterior of the building which generates interesting light effects along the different parts of the day. The balconies are made of wrought iron with phytomorphic and abstract motif. Gaudí even designed the hexagonal tiles that would be placed on the sidewalk of Casa Mila using marine motif such as octopus, stars and snails. These tiles would be later chosen to pave the sidewalk in Paseo de Gracia.
All throughout Casa Mila we see a celebration of nature from its limestone façade which reminds us of a snowy mountain to its marvelous chimneys covered by ceramic that resemble helmet-covered warriors and the outstanding beauty of its wrought –iron balconies that simulate rambling plants. No wonder the building has been praised by figures such as Le Corbusier and Nicolas Pevsner. It has also been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage building in 1984. A definitely must-gawk building in Barcelona
Casa Batllo is one of Gaudí´s most recognized masterpieces.
Behind its modernist, dragon-like façade, lies a world of surprises and refined architectural details. Casa Batllo is one of the most important landmarks originated during the catalan modernist movement.
The architectural works of Gaudi are known for its extreme care for detail and design and the large repertoire of visual games and solutions conveyed. Casa Batllo is no exception .
The visit to the building includes the legendary floor where the Batllo family lived, the loft with the former storage rooms, the rooftop with its mythical chimneys resembling the spine of the famous dragon defeated by Sant Jordi, and the magnificent patio de luces ( the old neighbour staircase) . The visit concludes with the splendid foyer and main staircase.
The guided visit walks us through Gaudi´s fondness of metaphors, and nature representations, his way to stimulate the user´s senses and emotions. Catalan modernist movement flourished during the splendor of decorative arts and Gaudi´s architecture makes this strikingly evident by combining the use of enigmatic forms with vibrant colors and innovative new concepts.
Casa Batllo was opened to the public in 2002 to commemorate Gaudí´s international year. The wonderful restoration works that allow us to see it today as it was originally constructed were completed over the previous years.
Casa Batllo was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize for the best preservation of architectural heritage in 2004. Subsequently Casa Batlló was included in the Unesco World Heritage list in 2005.
Casa Batllo was built between 1904 and 1906 . It was a project destined for the textile industry entrepreneur Josep Batlló . The building was designed during a period of great artistic maturity of the brilliant architect . Among the many appeals of this building are the creative use of materials and colour , the refined artistic details and the sharp mastery of form and light
The architecture and design of Casa Batllo is a sample of the technical, structural and ornamental feats that still influence modern architecture today. Examples range from gaudinian hiperbolic paraboloids in the Oscar Neimeyer’s Brasilia Cathedral or in the light absorbing needle window in the Marcel Breuer New York Whitney Museum. Casa Batllo presents concepts of ventilation, large skylights of wrought iron which are of a hitherto unknown modernity.
As a whole, Casa Batllo expresses the great evocative power of the sea, naturalism, theatricality, carnival and magic. Gaudi’s creative freedom coincides with the emerging individuality principles of the 20th century which synchronizes perfectly with the values of modern Barcelona.
The influencers is Barcelona´s major non-conventional art festival and this year it has brought us an array of performances that shatter any regular standard of communication.
The influencers festival held an interesting collection of creative presentations aimed to make us question and doubt the established norms in sometimes a most confusing manner.
Reverend Billy and the church of Earthalujah was one of the featured components of the festival, who in a mixture of religious parody and performance art preaches of the dangers of consumerism. Constant Dullaart reflects on internet culture particularly the massive effect of YouTube, while Jill Magid explores weird surveillance scenarios. A truly interesting walk among the less travelled routes of art and communication and definitely something to gawk at…