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This is my sketch from 2005 of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain by Antonio Gaudi. I have since then learned a lot about the Sagrada Familia… particularly after a visit and presentation by Mark Burry, the Executive Architect and Researcher working on the completion of the project. He has been involved since 1979, and is still working on it today.

The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea.

The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more study its architectural and religious content.


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Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Above is the negative of my sketch of the Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain. Part of my journal entry for that day on the 22nd May 2005 says:

We arrived at 7:10am in Barcelona. GM got pick-pocketed. JG hurriedly woke John and I up (for fear that Chase would leave us) and we were up and out in a sec. Going to the Sagrada Familia by Gaudi. Dove coves where they collect the droppings of doves and use as fertilizers. The first pics are the east end/ the apse end. Gaudi building still under construction. Nice pond across the street in front of it. For Gaudi God was in gravity. Revenue from tourists are a huge part of money for completion, esp. the Japanese. It is Art Nouveau in the craft tradition. Artists are outside on the pavements selling their artwork. They are old artists. The fruits on top of the pinnacles represent seasonal fruits. The grapes represent the blood of Jesus. East sunrise and the Navity represent birth of Christ, on the west, the death of Christ. Splayed corner by Certa. Cars parked in middle of street like the median w/ one side for bicycles an the other, one-way traffic. Axis to connect Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Pau by Montana on Avinguda de Gaudi. Almost all the city’s corners are chamfered. Apts face the ‘rotunda’ that is created by the chamfered corners. They employ people to keep the streets and the city clean. It is cheaper to keep people employed than maintain them in prisons. In the prisons you cannot vote.

From my Eurotrip 2005 journal

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”

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Gateway to India - Mumbai

Above is a sketch of the Gateway to India (right) and the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (left) in Mumbai, India. This was my view on returning from the Elephanta Caves via ferry. The Taj Hotel precedes the Gateway by over 20 years.

I went to Mumbai on the 21st of November in 2008 for a wedding celebration. My friends and I left Mumbai the following Sunday night, and the fatal Mumbai bombings occurred the Wednesday. Believe me when I tell you, every place we went, and spent time at, was bombed. The Leopold Cafe, was the first place I sat in Mumbai and had a beer legally. I say legally because the state of Gujarat in which I lived was a dry State. That was the one of the first sites to be bombed. I often think of the young man I bought a set of really cool binoculars from outside the cafe, and wonder what happened to him. I hope he’s fine.

I was in my bed the Wednesday day when my cousin called me, “Whey yuh?!” With my groggy voice I answered that I was in bed. He then told me of the bombings that were occurring in Mumbai as we spoke, much to my amazement. Life and its surprises. Appreciate every minute because “poof” and it can be drastically changed.

Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain >>>

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

This is the Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain. I did this during my 6 weeks of back-packing throughout Europe. We arrived early the morning and on exiting one of the narrow streets our professor took us through, this was our marvelous sight. Voila! Two friends and I climbed all the way up the tower via its very tight spiral stair. The view from the top was beautiful! I look forward to going back…and paying my way through Europe by my sketches. It’s one of my dreams.

The 30th World Wide SketchCrawl is coming up on Saturday, January 22nd 2011. I invite fellow sketchers to join me.
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