Monday, March 12, 2007

Gaudi's Mosaics at Park Guell

“Nature offers us no monochrome objects, completely uniform in colour, either in vegetation, or in geology, or topography, or the animal kingdom.” Antoni Gaudi

Many say that Antoni Gaudi’s most outstanding contribution to contemporary plastic arts is the application of the trencadis technique, which can be seen throughout Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain. Trencadis, also called pique assiette, is a type of mosaic created from broken and recycled tile shards. For Park Guell, Gaudi used fragments of china and stoneware dinner sets, broken during manufacturing, to build abstract patterns and sculptures throughout the site. His goal was to use the sharp and irregular pieces of varying size, color, and pattern to create uniform, organic, and lively social spaces. His mosaics and sculptures can be seen all throughout the park, but the most popular ones are along the axis of the main entrance, the ceiling of the pavilion, and the seating wall that winds along the top edge of the pavilion.

Sara Anrrich

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